Title

A REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS OF STEAM IN EVALUATING TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

planning - travel demand management, planning - travel demand management, land use - planning, ridership - demand, organisation - management

Keywords

U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Trip reduction, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel demand management, Travel demand, Transportation planning, Transportation demand management, Trade off analysis, TDM measures, Software, Risk analysis, Multimodal transportation, Multimodal systems, Decision making, Computer models, Comparison studies, Alternatives analysis

Abstract

U.S. federal legislation emphasizes assessment of multimodal alternatives and demand-management strategies. This emphasis has increased the need for planners to provide good comparative information to decision makers. To assist in providing such comparative information, the Federal Highway Administration developed the Surface Transportation Efficiency Analysis Model (STEAM). The software was released in January 1998 and is being used in various metropolitan planning applications in the United States and abroad. STEAM is highly flexible in terms of the transportation modes, trip purposes, and time periods analyzed. STEAM is used in system planning and in corridor planning studies by state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, and/or their consultants.