Webinar: Incorporating Long-distance Travel into Transportation Planning in the United States

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Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall – Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont; NCST Associate Director

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Rebekah Straub Anderson, Transportation Engineer, Ohio DOT Office of Statewide Planning and Research
Karen Faussett, Manager, Michigan DOT Office of Statewide and Urban Travel Analysis

Event Overview

Long-distance intercity travel has vexed transportation planners and modelers for a long time. The last comprehensive one-year long-distance national travel survey in the United States was conducted in 1995, while the 2001 National Household Transportation Survey (NHTS) and the 2013 California Household Travel Survey included large supplemental surveys covering 3-months and 8-weeks respectively. Long-distance travel is undertaken by surface and air modes on a global scale beyond the typical boundaries of a regional or state travel demand model. Yet long-distance travel represents a significant proportion of passengers miles in the US (possibly 30%) and is growing in aggregate and as a proportion. Long-distance travel demands attention from planners and the first step is advancing the ways we measure it. This webinar outlines a recent NCST white paper by Dr. Aultman-Hall and covers the following topics:

  1. What Exactly is Long-distance Travel?
  2. How has Long-distance Travel Demand changed over Time
  3. How is Long-distance Travel related to Sustainability: Emissions, Economy and Equity
  4. Prior Long-Distance Travel Research
  5. A Framework for Moving Forward with Long-Distance Travel Data Collection

Read the White Paper “Incorporating Long-Distance Travel into Transportation Planning in the United States” here.

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