USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center

Course Provides Training for Transportation Professionals

June 15, 2009

On June 8-9, 2009, NEXTRANS and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) at Purdue University co-sponsored a two-day outreach course on travel demand model theory. Held in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) annual TransCAD software training event, this course was led by Srinivas Peeta (NEXTRANS Director), Jon Fricker (Investigator), and Hillel Bar-Gera (Visiting Scholar).

For two days, they provided in-depth information regarding the common 4-step modeling methods, theory, and best practices. Topics addressed included trip generation, trip distribution, traffic assignment, and travel demand forecasting. In addition to gaining exposure to theory, participants were given hands-on exercises and sample problems. (For example, during Dr. Bar-Gera’s discussion of trip distribution, participants pretended to be in DisneyWorld, trying to predict travel from resorts to theme parks.) Participants who attended both days of training were eligible to receive Continuing Education (CEU) Credit.

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