Motorized traffic and its consequences are a major burden of the modern society. It is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. It generates noise and is harmful to life. And, mobility is increasing, yielding in more traffic, jams, and increasing its impacts. While counting for traffic globally, such issues can as well be found within the partner cities of the SUMBA project. To cope with these issues, the administrations of these cities aim at increasing the share of active transport modes and at fostering intermodality – the combination of different modes of transport along a single way. To help the administrations and the decision makers with this task, different documents and document templates are developed within the project, including SWOT analyses, commuting masterplans or a benchmarking scheme. In addition, guidelines addressing the modelling of mobility, transport, and traffic were prepared.
This document introduces nowadays’ transport modelling concepts and compares existing software solutions available for this purpose. Not only major commercial applications are presented, but available mature open source solutions as well. In addition, the document describes the data needed for building a model for a given city or region, shows where such data can be retrieved from, and how missing data can be generated. In addition, use cases are given, which help in choosing the right model or model class.
The guidance can be found here.