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Defining land use intensity based on roadway level of service targets


  • Iravani, Hamid

    () (Centroid International)

  • Mirhoseini, Arash

    (Centroid International)

  • Rasoolzadeh, Maziar

    (LIMITLESS, Inc.)


Traditionally, master planners develop an initial land use scenario for an undeveloped site, which is then forwarded to transportation planners for modeling purposes. On the basis of travel demand forecast, several alternatives are provided to master planners and, accordingly, different land use proposals are examined until, finally, a preferred option is chosen. Such trial and error process is inherently cumbersome, time consuming and an optimal outcome is rarely achieved. Usually, by increasing land use intensity, roads will be overly congested, beyond acceptable levels, and under-utilized when lower levels of land use intensity is planned. Hence, declining optimum land use intensity to target traffic level of service on roads is never achieved. The aim of this paper is to introduce an innovative approach, based on a “reverse engineering” process, to define final land use intensity based on desired target volume on road. This method significantly reduces the number of model runs required for “what if ” analysis. It also brings the results of travel demand forecast models closer to the desired outcome.

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  • Iravani, Hamid & Mirhoseini, Arash & Rasoolzadeh, Maziar, 2011. "Defining land use intensity based on roadway level of service targets," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 4(1), pages 59-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jtralu:0057

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    1. Craig Townsend & John Zacharias, 2010. "Built environment and pedestrian behavior at rail rapid transit stations in Bangkok," Transportation, Springer, vol. 37(2), pages 317-330, March.
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    1. Levinson, David, 2011. "Introduction," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 4(1), pages 1-3.

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    Transportation; Land Use; Network; Density;

    JEL classification:

    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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