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Support for Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Looking Ahead 2050

One of the APO’s primary products is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)[1]. The plan is mostly produced by APO staff, but we need assistance with specific tasks and elements of the plan for which we do not have the time and/or expertise to complete.

The APO has a regional travel demand model (TDM) in CUBE.

In 2022, the TDM was recalibrated to base year 2020; forecasts of population, households, jobs, etc. in the year 2050 were developed; and a 2050 “no build” model was completed using the TDM.

In 2023, we are seeking consultant assistance with the following tasks:

  1. Develop planning-level cost estimates for an initial list of surface transportation projects selected for potential inclusion in the MTP. APO staff will use these cost estimates to fiscally constrain the MTP. The list of projects will be provided to the consultant by APO staff. The consultant will only need to develop the planning-level cost estimates.
  2. Specifying, running, and analyzing the results of the TDM for the following scenarios:
    1. 2050 initial MTP scenario and comparing the output to the 2050 no-build scenario (completed in 2022).
      1. The APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will review the initial MTP scenario model output and the comparison to the 2050 no-build scenario to assess the impacts of the initial MTP project list and potentially change the projects. After this set of revisions, the consultant will specify the 2050 refined MTP network.
    2. 2050 refined MTP scenario vs. 2050 no-build scenario.
    3. 2050 refined MTP + beltline corridor scenario vs. 2050 no-build scenario.
    4. 2050 refined MTP + beltline corridor scenario vs. 2050 refined MTP scenario (without the segments of the beltline corridor that are within the fiscally constrained refined scenario).
  3. Estimation of the potential 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the 2050 refined MTP scenario at a regional level and compare to the 2020 GHG emissions.

4. Developing and executing a one-day on-site workshop to train the APO staff in the use and operation of the TDM.

[1] See 23 CFR §450.324

What’s Happening Now?

The contract for this project was awarded to KLJ Engineering. APO staff is coordinating with KLJ on modeling needs and potential MTP projects.

How Can You Get Involved?

Since this project mostly involves modeling future traffic conditions, there really is not an opportunity for the public to provide meaningful direct input. Of course, as the MTP is developed, there will be multiple opportunities for the public to provide input on that document and to see the model outputs.