Research Reports

Measuring What Matters: Access to Destinations

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August 2010

Report no. CTS 10-11

Projects: Access to Destinations, Phase 3: Measuring Accessibility by Automobile, Access to Destinations: How Close is Close Enough? Estimating Accurate Distance Decay Functions for Different Purposes and Multiple Modes, Access to Destinations: Parcel Level Land Use Data Acquisition & Analysis for Measuring Non-Auto Accessibility, Access to Destinations: Refining Methods for Calculating Non-Auto Travel Times, Access to Destinations: Twin Cities Metro-wide Traffic Micro-Simulation: Feasibility Investigation, Access to Destinations: Application of Accessibility Measures for Non-Auto Travel Modes, Access to Destinations: Arterial Data Acquisition and Network- Wide Travel Time Estimation (Phase II), Access to Destinations: Estimation of Arterial Travel Times, Access to Destinations: Monitoring land use activity changes in the Twin Cities Metropolitan region, Access to Destinations: Arterial Data Acquisition and Network-Wide Travel Time Estimation (Phase III)

Topics: Accessibility metrics, Data and modeling, Modes, Planning

In what is likely to be an enduring period of constrained public resources, lawmakers and government executives will seek the best information possible for making policy choices and deciding where to make public investments. In a landmark series of studies known as Access to Destinations, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota has opened up new frontiers of information for better policy and investment decisions.

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