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Title: Trip-Generation Method for Small Area Plans
Contact: Amy A. O'Leary
Associate Director for Environment, Planning and Economics
Project No.: 99047
Target Date: 10/31/2011
Abstract:

Recent policy initiatives in Virginia have sought to improve coordination of transportation and land-use planning. In 2006, Chapter 527 legislation enabled VDOT to mandate the contents and presentation of traffic-impact analyses prepared for new developments, including trip-generation estimates. The trip-generation method endorsed by the Institute for Traffic Engineers (ITE), however, has been shown to overestimate trip generation for infill, urban or transit-oriented developments, as it was based on data from suburban sites not served by transit. 

This study will identify or develop, then test and refine, a non-ITE method suitable for use in estimating trip generation for developments proposed in Small Area Plans – typically dense and mixed-use developments that are transit, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. The research is necessary to bring VDOT into compliance with 2009 amendments to Virginia's Traffic Impact Analysis regulations by the July 1, 2011, deadline.


 
     Matthew C. Grimes
     Ilona O. Kastenhofer