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2018 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 896 Updating Regional Transportation Planning and Modeling Tools to Address Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles Volume 1: Executive Summary Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration Subscriber Categories Highways â¢ Operations and Traffic Management â¢ Planning and Forecasting Johanna Zmud Texas a&M TransporTaTion insTiTuTe Washington, DC Tom Williams DKs associaTes Austin, TX Maren Outwater a n d Mark Bradley resource sysTeMs Group San Diego, CA Nidhi Kalra ranD corporaTion San Francisco, CA Shelley Row shelley row associaTes llc Annapolis, MD
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing highway administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local interest and can best be studied by highway departments individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transportation results in increasingly complex problems of wide inter- est to highway authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). NCHRP is supported on a continuing basis by funds from participating member states of AASHTO and receives the full cooperation and support of the Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was requested by AASHTO to administer the research program because of TRBâs recognized objectivity and understanding of modern research practices. TRB is uniquely suited for this purpose for many reasons: TRB maintains an extensive com- mittee structure from which authorities on any highway transportation subject may be drawn; TRB possesses avenues of communications and cooperation with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, univer- sities, and industry; TRBâs relationship to the National Academies is an insurance of objectivity; and TRB maintains a full-time staff of special- ists in highway transportation matters to bring the findings of research directly to those in a position to use them. The program is developed on the basis of research needs identified by chief administrators and other staff of the highway and transportation departments, by committees of AASHTO, and by the Federal Highway Administration. Topics of the highest merit are selected by the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation (R&I), and each year R&Iâs recommendations are proposed to the AASHTO Board of Direc- tors and the National Academies. Research projects to address these topics are defined by NCHRP, and qualified research agencies are selected from submitted proposals. Administration and surveillance of research contracts are the responsibilities of the National Academies and TRB. The needs for highway research are many, and NCHRP can make significant contributions to solving highway transportation problems of mutual concern to many responsible groups. The program, however, is intended to complement, rather than to substitute for or duplicate, other highway research programs. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 896 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lawrence D. Goldstein, Senior Program Officer Anthony P. Avery, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Janet M. McNaughton, Senior Editor NCHRP PROJECT 20-102(09) PANEL Special Projects Scott A. Peterson, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, Stoneham, MA (Chair) Majed N. Al-Ghandour, North Carolina DOT, Raleigh, NC Erik A. Alm, California DOT, Sacramento, CA Giovanni Circella, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Steven J. Cook, Michigan DOT, Lansing, MI Ali Hajbabaie, Washington State University, Pullman, WA Jerome M. Lutin, New Jersey Transit, Monmouth Junction, NJ Richard R. Mudge, Compass Transportation & Technology Inc., Potomac, MD Anne Reshadi, Wisconsin DOT, Milwaukee, WI Kirk Zeringue, Louisiana DOTD, Baton Rouge, LA Jeremy Raw, FHWA Liaison DeLania Hardy, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Liaison Matthew Hardy, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Liaison Jennifer L. Weeks, TRB Liaison
This executive summary concisely conveys the key findings of NCHRP Report 896: Updating Regional Transportation Planning and Modeling Tools to Address Impacts of Con- nected and Automated Vehicles, Volume 2: Guidance, which includes detailed information and guidelines for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan plan- ning organizations (MPOs) to help update their modeling and forecasting tools to address expected impacts of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on transportation supply, road capacity, and travel demand components. CAVs are likely to influence all personal and goods movement level of demand, travel modes, planning and investment decisions, physical transportation infrastructure, and geographic areas. Under requirements for long-range transportation planning established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), federal statewide and metropolitan planning regulations, DOTs and regional MPOs are required to have a multimodal trans- portation plan with a minimum time horizon of 20 years. CAVs are developing rapidly, and manufacturers and shared fleet operators suggest that highly automated vehicles will be present on the highway system in significant numbers well before the year 2038, the mini- mum time horizon for plans initiated in the current year. As evidence of that commitment, there are 17 shared automated vehicle (SAV) pilots in eight states in current deployment. There will be both direct and indirect impacts of CAV deployment, and not all these impacts will be positive. Experience has shown that there are often indirect and unintended conse- quences from rapid changes, and the planning community needs procedures and methods to address both potentially positive and potentially negative outcomes. In Volume 2: Guidance, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, DKS Associates, Resource Systems Group, RAND Corporation, and Shelley Row Associates together reflect on the challenge of forecasting travel behavior in the context of CAVs; describe the tech- nologies and the influences on their adoption timelines; present a framework for planning and modeling; present approaches for planning under uncertainty; and suggest updates to trip-based and activity-based dynamic assignment and strategic modeling systems. NCHRP Research Report 896 is intended for use by experienced agency staff of state DOTs and MPOs that have greater (and lesser) planning and modeling capacity. While the modeling approach may differ among these agencies, all have in common the need to develop new plan- ning and modeling processes that include CAVs in the transportation environment. NCHRP Research Report 896, Volumes 1 and 2, is available on the TRB website (http://www.trb.org), along with a PowerPointÂ® presentation that can be adapted for presentations to agency deci- sion makers. F O R E W O R D By Lawrence D. Goldstein Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 Forecasting Travel Behavior in the Context of Connected and Automated Vehicles 1 CAVs Are Changing the Traditional Travel Forecasting Paradigm 2 Critical Considerations for Planning and Modeling 4 Definitions of Automated Vehicles and Connected Vehicles 4 Levels of Automation 5 Uncertain CAV Adoption Timelines 7 Framework for Planning and Modeling CAVs 9 Planning Context 9 Qualitative Methods for Managing Deep Uncertainty 9 Quantitative Methods for Managing Deep Uncertainty 11 Modeling Systems 11 Adapting Trip-Based Models 12 Adapting Disaggregate/Dynamic Models 13 Adapting Strategic Models 17 Communicating Under Uncertainty 18 Conclusions C O N T E N T S