Today’s planners and policymakers operate in a world of rapid technological, demographic and economic change. By developing and analyzing future scenarios, public agencies can better prepare for the coming years and optimize investment for the future. Doing so will allow them to invest in ways that maximize infrastructure resilience, economic competitiveness, and quality of life.

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RECENT WORK BY EDR GROUP:

Hampton Roads Regional Connectors:  EDR Group is part of a team investigating options to improve transportation connections in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The study, which is meant to enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the region, involves scenario analysis and an economic evaluation of future transportation alternatives.

Michigan Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan:  EDR Group is part of the team developing Michigan’s 2045 long-range transportation plan, which will incorporate scenario elements for policy-based, vision-based, needs-based, fiscally realistic, and strategic directions. As part of the study, EDR Group is providing insights into the impact of new technologies and resilience planning.

Future Impacts & Costs of Connected & Automated Vehicles:  EDR Group is leading a study for USDOT to calculate the infrastructure, vehicle, and user costs of different deployment scenarios for connected and autonomous vehicles. Scenarios include moderate technology development, deployment of niche applications, managed lanes for AVs, “Ultimate Travel Assist” communication systems, competing fleets of on-demand services, and an integrated mobility future.

Zero Emission Vehicles:  EDR Group was part of team that assessed the feasibility of deploying new DC fast charging stations on MassDOT property to support long distance travel for zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) across Massachusetts. The work by EDR Group included an assessment of the electric vehicle market in Massachusetts and identification of future scenarios for DCFC infrastructure demand using EBP’s fleet evolution model to estimate energy needs. The later tasks focus on major travel corridors that facilitate long-distance travel, including work to: (1) assess the appropriate level of investment from MassDOT to support ZEV market growth; (2) determine where MassDOT can potentially fill gaps in the existing fast charging system for long distance ZEV charging along major travel corridors; and (3) prioritize over 350 MassDOT sites based on suitability for hosting fast charging stations.

Virginia VTrans 2040 Multimodal Plan:  EDR Group conducted scenario analysis as part of an update to Virginia’s statewide multimodal transportation plan. One of the key elements of the scenario development process focused on examining how federal grant programs would affect available funding for projects.

Rhode Island Long-Range Transportation Plan:  As part of Rhode Island’s statewide long-range transportation plan, EDR Group outlined potential scenarios and alternative futures, diagnosed the economic foundations of the state’s economy, and refined transportation performance measures. The study also included an economic evaluation of four investment packages. 

 

 

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