Network Modeling Center

Austin’s Smart City Challenge Proposal: What’s Next?

Austin’s Smart City Challenge Proposal: What’s Next?

In June, the USDOT announced that the winner of the Smart City Challenge competition was Columbus, Ohio, disappointing many in Central Texas who were hoping Austin would snag this city-changing opportunity. The USDOT had pledged up to $40 million to one city that would define the concept of a “Smart City” and become the country’s …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Autonomous/Connected Vehicles

Jen Duthie Named to MetroLab Steering Committee

Jen Duthie Named to MetroLab Steering Committee

Launched in September 2015 as part of the White House Smart Cities initiative, MetroLab Network is a national network of more than 30 city-university (and county-university) partnerships.  Its cities and universities are developing technologies and policy approaches that address challenges facing urban areas including: inequality in income, health, mobility, security and opportunity; aging infrastructure; and …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Awards

Jen Duthie Explains DTA Use for CTRMA Project

Jen Duthie Explains DTA Use for CTRMA Project

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) contacted CTR because the community asked for data that would help them understand how the addition of Express Lanes on MoPac could impact travel times on the street network within downtown Austin, especially around Cesar Chavez Street. CTR conducted an independent analysis of the potential impacts associated with …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : DTA

NMC Provides DTA Training 1.0 Workshop

NMC Provides DTA Training 1.0 Workshop

The Network Modeling Center (NMC) at CTR has been working since 2011 on a new modeling tool for the Central Texas region, both researching and deploying advanced traffic models. The resulting dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) tool enables us to better understand traffic patterns related to congestion, particularly how congestion levels respond to changes to the infrastructure. (Watch a video explaining …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : D-STOP

Better Streets Week ATX Comes to CTR

Better Streets Week ATX Comes to CTR

CTR contributed to the City of Austin’s Better Streets Week program (October 25 –31, 2015) by hosting a lunchtime presentation on October 26. Better Streets Week was designed to bring to the community top speakers on local transportation issues and included over a dozen free talks, tours, and social events. The CTR lunch event, titled …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : D-STOP

NMC Hosts Successful 2015 Open House

NMC Hosts Successful 2015 Open House

The Network Modeling Center (NMC) held another successful open house on May 1, 2015. The NMC used the event to showcase the tools they’ve developed to enable regional collaboration and sharing of transportation data. With a theme of “Transforming Regional Transportation through Data,” the Open House provided a forum for a conversation about how the NMC’s …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Network Modeling Center

Secretary of Transportation Foxx Visits CTR/D-STOP

Secretary of Transportation Foxx Visits CTR/D-STOP

Photos by Heather Abbott. See the event photo album on Facebook. CTR hosted US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on his national tour of University Transportation Centers (UTC). CTR is home to a Tier 1 UTC, the Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP) Center. During his April 24 visit, Secretary Foxx met with CTR faculty, …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : D-STOP

NMC Tackles Map-Matching to Create App-Ready Transit Files

NMC Tackles Map-Matching to Create App-Ready Transit Files

The Network Modeling Center (NMC) has developed innovative, open-source software (Map Matcher) to match up maps that were not designed to be used together, enabling use of those maps in regional transit planning. NMC specializes in traffic modeling that helps regions forecast traffic patterns to ease congestion. NMC researchers Kenneth A. Perrine, Natalia Ruiz Juri, …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Network Modeling Center