The Piedmont Triad MPOs (Burlington-Graham, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem) along with PART have become increasingly focused on freight transportation planning over the last several years to provide a safe freight transportation system, support the region’s economic well-being, and achieve efficiency in operations and investment in the freight transportation system. The Piedmont Triad Regional Model (PTRM) is one important tool that can be used in achieving such goals. The PTRM Model team has embarked on an innovative data procurement process that will enhance the performance of the PTRM.
The process or plan of action to enhance the freight component of the PTRM contains three phases of work, which include:
Phase I: Identify freight nodes and conduct establishment interview to support development of an advanced freight model;
Phase II: Develop an advanced freight sub-model in the Piedmont Triad Regional Model; and
Phase III: Conduct travel diary survey to update the freight sub-model developed in the previous phase.
Freight planners and decision makers will benefit from the PTRM and data. Creating better data and models will enable state, regional, and local planners to better predict freight movement trends, and make more informed project investment decisions.