A Guidebook for Best Practices on Integrated Land Use and Travel Demand Modeling

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Final Report

Primary Investigators

Dr. Mihalis Gkolias
Assistant Professor
University of Memphis


Land use and transportation systems are closely interrelated, and models used to support transportation planning need to be integrated with land use models to capture these effects. Currently 11 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Tennessee (TN) use their respective analytical tools to estimate land use and transportation. However, there is limited coherence between MPOs in terms of integrated land use and transportation models (ILUTM) because of geographic boundaries. This project will seek to develop a guidebook that will assist practitioners as they integrate both their land use and transportation models.


The rationale for preparing a guidebook on integrated land use transportation models is three fold. First, examine the feasibility of top-down or bottom-up approaches for a statewide or multi-region land use model. Second, evolution of land use variables (such as households by age, employment by industry sector, etc.) over interim time periods in contrast to simple forecasting. Third, clearly distinguish features of the land use and transportation model and combining them with a feedback such that outcomes of land use and transportation are interdependent.


  1. Review of land use and transportation models in US
  2. Determine suitability and linkages of LU and transportation models
  3. Prepare a guidebook from review of best practices
  4. Collect data to propose a regional LU and transportation model
  5. Analyze model results and examine reasonableness to policy scenarios
  6. Prepare final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: 01/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
  • Budget: $87,155 (match funds)
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 09-06
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