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Smart Land Use Design for Reducing Vehicle-Miles Traveled
In this project, recently awarded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Dr. Sadek and Dr. Wang will first identify the most appropriate methods that would allow for better reflecting the benefits of smart growth in travel demand forecasting practice. Using a case study from the Greater Buffalo/Niagara metropolitan area, the project will then demonstrate how these methods can be best implemented. Finally, the project will develop a decision support system (DSS) that would capitalize on the increased sensitivity of demand forecasting models in order to optimally design the land use so as to reduce VMT. With these tools, planners would be able to present a convincing case for smart growth, which should encourage more jurisdictions to adopt and implement such concepts.