Chapter 1: Traffic Estimation and Forecasting


Section 1: Overview

Traffic estimation and forecasting involve traffic data collection, traffic estimates, and projections based on historic traffic data, corridor analysis for projects, and urban travel demand modeling. The process involves the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and local governments.

Transportation professionals use the results of traffic data collection, estimation, and forecasting to develop transportation plans and programs; analyze project alternatives; complete environmental analyses; prepare roadway geometric, intersection, and pavement design; and select projects.

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