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TRB Planning Apps Conference Recap

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Last week I attended the TRB Transportation Planning Applications Conference in Portland, OR. To those familiar with the TRB Annual Meeting, TRBAppcon (as it’s called) is a smaller and less formal event with a greater emphasis on showcasing practical techniques and approaches to transportation planning. In keeping with the conference’s emphasis on real-life applications, I kept a list of some of the most useful data sources and analysis/visualization tools presented at the conference: StreetLight Data: StreetLight provides real-world transportation data collected from smartphone location services. Throughout TRBAppcon, presenters demonstrated several novel applications of StreetLight data, such as: analyzing park visitors’ origins; understanding which vehicle trips are external to a region; validating traditional models; and identifying mismatch between bicycle use and cycling facilities. Elsewhere, EDR Group has applied StreetLight data to estimate the effects of proposed mileage-based road user fees on urban and rural households respectively . National Performance Management Research Data...
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EDR Group at the TRB Planning Apps Conference

This week I am in beautiful Portland, Oregon attending the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Planning Applications Conference, which showcases practice-ready transportation planning applications. At the corner of research and practice, the conference is a great opportunity for participants to share innovative methods of policy analysis and technical transportation planning. I am particularly excited to join workshops, panel discussions, and lightning talks on topics like freight data, multimodal performance measures, and data visualization. On Tuesday 6/4 at 10:30am, I will be presenting at the lectern session “Saying Something Useful When All You Have is a Crystal Ball.” In keeping with the theme I will present an overview of EDR Group’s approach to freight planning using readily available economic data. In short, I’ll explain how we draw connections between the economy (i.e., inter-industry interactions) and the movement of goods to portray the effects of economic change on the transportation network. The methods I...
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