California Department of Transportation

Travel Modeling and Forecasting

District 5’s Travel Modeling and Forecasting (TM&F) unit provides travel demand information and analyses in support of planning studies, corridor studies, capital improvement projects, and other projects. Travel demand information and analyses are mainly used to identify current and future deficiencies on the State highway system and to provide data for the evaluation of proposed improvements.

To conduct its work, the TM&F unit works closely with, and often uses the regional travel demand models of the District’s three Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, and Santa Barbara County Association of Governments. The TM&F unit also cooperates with the Council of San Benito County Governments, the Transportation Agency of Monterey County, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, and other local agencies and partners on transportation-related projects.

Recent major projects produced by TM&F unit staff include a computerized design designation system and the System Analysis Study of Focus Routes 101, 152, and 156 (SAS). The design designation system improves the efficiency and accuracy of design designation calculations used in capital projects. The SAS was a long-term, regional planning study of the State highways and possible improvements in the northern San Benito County – southern Santa Clara County area. The SAS included a benefit-cost analysis using the NET_BC software tailored to Caltrans needs.

Last updated: September 12, 2017