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Travel Demand Forecasting: Introduction

Travel Demand Forecasting is a key component of the transportation engineer’s technical repertoire. It allows the engineer to predict the volume of traffic that will use a given transportation element in the future, whether that element is an existing highway or a potential light-rail route.

Like many other ‘predictive’ sciences, Travel Demand Forecasting is continually evolving. Special refinements based on experience and research are proposed each year, but the general ideology behind Travel Demand Forecasting has remained relatively untouched.

The travel demand forecasting process can be confusing. This chapter is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Travel Demand Forecasting to undergraduate engineering students by dividing the process into manageable steps.

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