Travel Demand Modeling 



Jason Deshaies, SMTC, Chair

Chris Bauer, CDTC, Co-Chair

Travel demand modeling and forecasting is a core function of transportation planning. MPOs rely on their models to produce forecasts for long range transportation plans, corridor studies, air quality conformity, project analyses, and more. New York State DOT uses forecasts produced by MPOs for project development and maintenance and protection of traffic plans. Local communities use these forecasts to understand land use impacts, including traffic impact of specific site development.

Travel demand modeling is a rapidly evolving field, with the introduction of activity-based models, microsimulation models, improved graphic interfaces, and other techniques. This working group facilitates communication among modelers at New York’s MPOs and NYSDOT as they continually work to improve the state of practice.

Monitoring Room


Engineering Division-

Office of Environment

Modeling & Technology Section

Call Center


Data and Modeling

Programming Console


Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP)

Modeling Working Group Goals

  1. Facilitate a network of colleagues to encourage sharing of ideas and questions about modeling on an informal basis throughout the year.

  2. Hold a minimum of ten meetings per year with at least one as an in-person meeting, if feasible. Invite partners from NYSDOT and other agencies to meetings to present and discuss data and modeling applications.

  3. Evaluate data needs that are applicable to other Working Groups, including facilitating data coordination among the MPOs and with NYSDOT.

  4. Share interesting modeling application practices at in-person meetings to spur creative thinking towards the broader use of existing and potential tools.

  5. Share best practices related to post-processing activities such as air quality criteria pollutant and GHG emission modeling/estimation.

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2022 Meeting Minutes

2018 Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2018

October 26, 2018

September 28, 2018

September 11, 2018

July 27, 2018

June 29, 2019

June 1, 2018

April 27, 2018

March 30, 2018

February 23, 2018

March 30, 2018

January 26, 2018

January 5, 2018

2016 Meeting Minutes

September 30, 2016


2014 Meeting Minutes 

June 27, 2014

December 15, 2014