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Travel Demand Model

Staff Contact
Benjamin Jacobs
Principal
Research Technician
(401) 222-3949

The Rhode Island Statewide Model (RISM) is a Travel Demand Model (TDM) developed and maintained by the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program. The model simulates travel patterns and future demand conditions by populating a simulated road network based on data gathered from the US Census, the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV), and other sources. The data generated is a method for simulating the impact of changes to the transportation system such as:

  • System changes—New roads, road widening, road closures
  • Land Use—Residential, commercial, industrial development
  • Demographic—Population growth, environmental justice
  • Provision of new transit services

The model also has the capability to examine congestion and travel times, variable message signage, signal timing, operational ITS, freight planning and goods movement, and land use and smart growth programs. Since predicting where demand will be can help move limited resources to vulnerable areas, this model has the capability to help make Rhode Island a more efficient and prosperous state. The data from the model is also integrated into Rhode Island's air quality model, which is built according to the U.S. EPA's MOBILE vehicle emission factor model to estimate emissions from cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

For further details:

Those interested in accessing the model should fill out the following form and contact the staff above: