Virginia Transportation Modeling and Accessibility Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Obtain a Travel Demand Model from VDOT?

Please fill out the Travel Model Data Request Form PDF (PDF, 99 KB) and return it to the Transportation and Mobility Planning Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)or email to the person listed in the Contact.

How Do I Contact With Modeling Questions?

The contact information can be found here.

How Is It Determined When an Area Should Have a Travel Demand Model?

When an urban area reaches a population of greater than 50,000, a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is designated for that area.

The MPO is a policy committee that oversees any planning activities for their region.

A travel demand model is normally created for an MPO area as a tool to assist in the creation of the long-range transportation plan and an air quality conformity analysis.

Can I Use a Travel Demand Model to Conduct Individual Intersection Analysis?

Due to a travel demand model's regional scope and macro-level nature, it is not well suited for detailed intersection analysis.

Other "micro-level" modeling tools, such as highway capacity software, Synchro or VISSIM, would be better suited for this type of analysis.

Can Transit Ridership Be Represented in a Travel Demand Model?

In larger urban regions where transit ridership comprises a significant amount of commuter travel, a mode-choice model can be developed to help predict future transit usage.

The Hampton-Roads TPO Model, Richmond-Tri-Cities Regional Model, New-River-Valley MPO Regional Model, Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Model Fredericksburg-Area MPO Model, Roanoke-Valley-Alleghany Regional Model and Winchester-Frederick County MPO Model include mode choice.

Are HOV Lanes and Tolls Taken Into Account in a Travel Demand Model?

Where necessary, sophisticated models contain HOV travel and the effects of tolls on travel behavior.

Can I Get Bicycle and Pedestrian Information from a Travel Demand Model?

Because of their aggregate nature and regional scope, travel demand models do not forecast bicycle or pedestrian trips.

Page last modified: July 22, 2020