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									Transportation Economic and
Land Use System (TELUS)

April 2, 2008
Tallahassee, FLDOT
 TELUS Overview
 TELUS for the PC
 TELUS for the Web
 TELUS Economic Input-Output Model
 e-STIP
 Land Use Model (TELUM)
 TELUS Implementation
 Discussion
TELUS Overview
What is TELUS?
 An MIS/Decision Support system designed to help
  MPOs and State DOTs meet their legislative mandates
  under SAFETEA-LU.

 Assists MPOs and SDOTs in managing Transportation
  Improvement Programs (TIP) by tracking projects from
  planning to implementation, analyzing interrelationships
  among projects, estimating their economic and land use
  impacts, and providing a user-friendly graphical user
  interface and reporting.
What is TELUS? (continued)
 TELUS development was guided by an MPO user
  committee since early 2000.

 TELUS is developed with funding from the

 TELUS is a SAFETEA-LU congressionally designated

 TELUS FHWA cooperative agreement will continue
  through 2011.
TELUS: A success for FHWA
 TELUS is one of FHWA’s “Priority, Market Ready
  Technology and Innovation” (T&I) projects.

 More information about the T&I program can be found
  online at:
TELUS Guiding Objectives
 Improve productivity of preparing the TIP at MPOs and
  State DOTs by providing a seamless, integrated project

 Ensure timely, efficient dissemination of information
  to decision makers and stakeholders, as well as enabling
  public access and participation in developing the TIP.

 Provide an easily accessible and user-friendly
  system through intuitive and customizable modules.
How can TELUS benefit Florida?
 Who are the beneficiaries?



 FHWA Florida Division
How can TELUS benefit Florida?
 For MPO:

 Telus is an application that can be utilized as a data-
  management, decision-support, and information-
  sharing tool to input and track TIP projects. Telus
  provides a user-friendly interface for inputting, viewing,
  editing, and searching projects as well as producing
  end-user reports that are easy to understand by
  presenting data in a logical order and in a clean and
  professional looking format.
How can TELUS benefit Florida? (cont’ed)

 For MPO:

 As a work application, TELUS allows projects to be
  edited and tracked as projects move through the
  planning stages to implementation. Information in
  TELUS can be shared with constituents outside the
  MPO by providing a web-based version of TELUS.
  The web-version goes further than information sharing
  and dissemination by allowing outside users like local
  municipalities and citizens to provide comments on
  projects as well.
How can TELUS benefit Florida? (cont’ed)

 For MPO’s and FDOT

 Web-based TELUS can be linked to FDOT work
  program data to enable MPO and FDOT data sharing
  and interaction in an integrated (or uniform) platform
  and application.

 Work program data generated by the District FDOT
  can be transmitted via TELUS to each MPO with the
  capability of integrating this data into each MPO’s TIP.
How can TELUS benefit Florida? (cont’ed)

 For FDOT and FHWA

 Telus enables seamless and paperless approvals of
  STIP amendments.
How is TELUS helping you
meet the SAFETEA-LU
SAFETEA-LU Requirements?

 TIP/STIP Cycles and Scope: STIPs and metropolitan
  TIPs must be updated at least every 4 years and must
  contain at least 4 years of projects and strategies.

  TELUS is designed to help MPOs and state DOTs
  develop TIP and STIP respectively in annual cycles with
  TIP/STIP lengths of 3-5 years.
SAFETEA-LU Requirements
 Publication of Plans and TIP/STIP: MPOs shall publish
  or otherwise make available for public review
  transportation plans and TIPs "including (to the
  maximum extent practicable) in electronically accessible
  formats and means, such as the World Wide Web".

  TELUS allows the TIP to be viewed as an interactive
  document that can be queried and explored to the fullest
  extent possible on the World-Wide-Web.
SAFETEA-LU Requirements
 Relationship with other planning officials: MPOs are
  encouraged to consult with officials responsible for other
  planning activities affected by transportation, including
  planned growth, economic development…

  The TELUS land use and economic input-output models
  enable MPO planners and decision makers to evaluate
  the impacts of proposed transportation projects on
  regional land use and economic development, leading to
  a more informed consultative process.
SAFETEA-LU Requirements
 Visualization Techniques in Plans and Metropolitan
  TIP Development: MPOs and States shall employ
  visualization techniques in the development of
  TIPs/STIPs and Transportation Plans.

  TELUS GIS allows “interested parties” to view projects
  on a user friendly interactive map which can be queried
  in various ways to make information gathering easy.

  It also allows users to select projects from the project list
  and then display them on the map.
SAFETEA-LU Requirements
 Participation Plan: MPOs must develop and utilize a
  "Participation Plan" that provides reasonable opportunities for
  interested parties to comment on the content of the
  metropolitan transportation plan and TIP.

  Through the web interface and public access to project data
  via the Internet, TELUS facilitates a transparent TIP
  development and approval process. It also enables public
  participation in that “interested parties” can submit comments
  and suggestions via the website. These comments can then
  be considered in the project selection process.
TELUS System Components/Products


                                              LAND USE

    TELUS for the PC      TELUS for the Web    TELUM

TELUS Functional Components
 Information Management
    Project Information Management
    Project Tracking
    GIS Interface
 Decision Support
    Project Scoring (ranks projects vis-a-vis SAFETEA-LU Objectives or
     MPO criteria)
    Planning Analysis (how the TIP meets SAFETEA-LU Objectives)
    Project Interrelationships
    Input/Output Model
    Land Use Model
Current Status
   TELUS for the PC has over 300 registered user agencies, including 231
    MPOs, 33 state DOTs and 50 Other Local/Regional Governments.

   TELUS for the Web is currently deployed at Alabama State DOT (including
    all 13 Alabama MPOs) and 4 MPOs (Houston-Galveston Area Council, TX;
    Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, OH; New York Metropolitan
    Transportation Council, NY; Broward County MPO, FL [operational, but not
    in use]). TELUS is currently being deployed at the New Jersey DOT.

   TELUM was released in January 2006. It was implemented at the Pikes
    Peak Area COG, (Colorado Springs, CO). Also used by Des Moines, IA,
    and Little Rock, AR, MPOs. Missoula Office of Planning and Grants
    (Missoula, MT) and Pueblo Area COG (Pueblo, CO) are currently testing
Current Status (continued)
 TELUS website is active and has a download section where users can
   get the latest software installation packages and updates, I/O model
   data, and information about TELUS.

 Economic Input/Output (I/O) Model datasets are developed and
  available for download from TELUS website for 338 MPOs nationwide.

 E-STIP application is operational at the FHWA and FTA Region 2. NJIT
  plans to develop an E-STIP module which will become integral
  component of the TELUS for the Web application at New Jersey DOT.

 TELUS staff provides technical support to users (installation, system
  customization, system updates, and using TELUS for the PC, TELUS
  for the Web, and TELUM).
TELUS for the PC
TELUS for the PC v 4.0 released in January 2006.

     New User Interface – professionally designed appearance; improved navigation
      and more intuitive workflow;

     Improved GIS – greater flexibility in geographic project selection and display

     Long Range Plans - Includes Long Range Planning horizon

     Funding Allocation - A new feature, allows users to verify how well they are
      allocating the available funds among the projects
     Import Customizations - imports all customizations from version 3.0
     Project Picture - A new feature, Project Picture allows the user to upload a
      project picture, a video, or a drawing for each project.

     New Economic Factors - impacts for business revenues (cash register
      receipts), profit/other and indirect business taxes.
     I/O Model Reports - users can generate pre-formatted I/O reports.
Data Entry: Quick and Accurate
Data Entry: User Customization
Select Projects
Project Reports
Project Tracking
Bringing Life to the TIP
 GIS Reader

    View/Print Maps of Projects

    Select Projects for Analysis

 Embedded Pictures of Projects
Visualizing Projects – TELUS GIS
TELUS Project Analysis – Scoring
Planning Analysis
Project Interrelationships
Demonstration of TELUS for the PC
TELUS for the Web
What is TELUS for the Web?
 TELUS for the Web is an Internet-based version of the

 Integrates spatially distributed agencies (and their data)
  using the Internet

 Facilitates web-enabled Electronic Data Delivery

 TIP/STIP approval process via e-STIP

 Enables Collaboration and Active Public Participation
Features of TELUS for the Web
Easy implementation:

 Highly Customizable

 Uses existing (often legacy) agency
  databases and hardware

 Reaches in (think of an octopus tentacles)
  and retrieves the data that is needed

 Creates the data warehouse layer

 Maintains integrity of data
Web Minimizes Costs to All Agencies
Single installation
    Easy maintenance

    Easy to update

Deployment Scenarios
    State as Host, Districts and MPOs as Clients

    MPO as Host, Localities as Clients

    Combination of the above scenarios
TELUS for the Web - Project Information
GIS module TELUS for the Web
Customized TIP Reports
Public Participation Opportunities
 Viewer level of security offered (no data editing privileges)

 MPO/SDOT could provide a public workstation

 Website is accessible to anyone with an Internet
  connection and Web browser

 Quick production of project reports

 Includes a module that allows the public to comment about

 Contact person/phone # provided
Public Participation Opportunities
Demonstration of TELUS for the Web
TELUS Economic Input –
Output (I-O) Model
TELUS Economic I-O Model
   Gives a measure of the economic impact from undertaking a transportation
    project on the MPO, region, and the whole state.
   In general, the I-O models identify flows of goods and services between
    sectors of an economy.

   Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Mineral Industries, Construction
    Industries, Manufacturing, Transportation, Communications, and Utilities,
    Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate,
    Service Industries, Public Administration
   They measure the “ripple” effect of introducing investments across the
   Developed for each MPO and the state in which it is located.
   The model estimates jobs, earnings, gross product, taxes, indirect business
    taxes, business revenue and profit/other.
   NJIT developed I-O Models for majority of Florida MPOs until year 2012.
TELUS Economic Model
e -STIP Application
e-STIP Objectives

 Integrate e-STIP architecture into the TELUS

 Single Point of Data Entry for Multiple Agencies

 Computerize the entire TIP & STIP creation and
  amendment process

 Improve project and information management by
  providing an integrated and seamless database
e-STIP Approval Process

        Enter TIP/




           Verify                          Verify                           Verify
        Information                     Information                      Information

               Approve                         Approve                          Approve

       Add to TIP/                     Add to TIP/
       Amendment                       Amendment

                                                                       Approved STIP/
          TIP                            STIP                           Amendment

        MPO                           State DOT                       FHWA / FTA
Land Use Model (TELUM)
 TELUM is a land use
  modeling software
  package that evaluates
  land use impacts of
  regional transportation
  improvement projects.
 TELUM forecasts future
  location of employment
  and households.
What is the Land Use Model?
… a quantitative method that . . .

 Forecasts employment and population demand for
  location in specific zones of a region;

 Calculates the amount of employment and population
  that will be located in each zone;

 Calculates the amount of land that will be used.
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 Majority of MPOs neither uses Land Use Models for regional
  forecasting nor for providing input to travel models. This is due to the
  lack of trained in-house personnel with experience in land use
   TELUM is developed as intuitive, interactive software package with
   many user-friendly features. It is easy to understand, provides tools
   for easy data entry and analysis, and features Help System that
   provides instructions and is able to guide and advise users
   throughout their analysis. It is primarily developed for small and
   medium-sized MPOs.

   * Determination of the State of the Practice in Metropolitan Area Travel Forecasting: Findings of the Surveys of Metropolitan
   Planning Organizations, April 7, 2006, Prepared for Committee B0090, TRB/National Research Council
Advantages – Why Should You Use TELUM?

 Enables planners to perform regional land use analysis by providing
   forecasts of employment and residence locations;

 Inputs consist of US Census data and supplemental data commonly
   used by MPOs in regional planning process;

 User friendly interface makes it easy to navigate through data input,
   model development, and forecasting process;

 A combination of hotlinks to internal help files, with software wizards in
   a Knowledge Based Systems approach leads the user through the
   many steps in model implementation;

 Integrated GIS module allows mapping of the input data, calibration
  results, and forecast results.
Transportation Policy Analysis
 TELUM enables planners to compare various transportation
  improvement scenarios:

    Introduce a change in the transportation network between runs
     and observe the resulting changes in land use patterns;

    Test the impact of different project pools on regional land use
     patterns by applying different sets of impedances for the same
     model year.

 TELUM outputs can be used as a starting point for the UTMS
  (trip generation, distribution, mode-split, assignment).
TELUM’s Role in Travel Demand Forecasting

         Economic Trends
        Demographic Trends

                                               Travel        Network
                                           Demand Forecast    Flows
                                              TRAVEL DEMAND MODEL

                             (Travel Time, Cost, etc.)
TELUM Modeling Process
 Data Preparation

 Program Installation

 Model Calibration

 Model Verification

 Preliminary Forecasts

 Model Validation

 Forecasts and Policy Tests
                               TELUM Software Modules
   Initial Data Entry Unit

                                IDEU – Basic information about the
          DOPU                   region necessary to organize data.
   Data Organization and
     Preparation Unit
                                DOPU – Data entry and data
                                 consistency checks.
Travel Impedance Processing
                                TIPU – Load and process travel
                                 impedance data.

           MCPU                 MCPU – Self-calibration of
Model Calibration Processing
            Unit                 employment, household and land
                                 consumption forecasting models.
 Model Forecast Calculation
                                MFCU – Performs forecasts for the
                                 baseline and user-defined policy
Forecast Results
Forecast Results
MAPIT generated maps of forecast growth and/or decline of employment and
households by zone
Forecast Results
MAPIT generated maps of forecast sprawl indices
Forecasting – Adding Constraints
Using on of the four types of constraints user can test different development
Forecast Results – Comparing Scenarios
MAPIT: mapped changes in forecast results between different scenarios
TELUS Implementation
Implementing TELUS for the PC
 Acquire the Software

    Mailed to every MPO/SDOT when a new version is released
    Download it from the TELUS website

    Request a copy through the TELUS website or by mail/email
 Register TELUS on the website and obtain the password
 Customize
    Populate agency specific drop-down fields, etc.
    MPO-specific format for reports
Implementing TELUS for the PC (continued)

 Import Data

    Our staff helps MPOs migrate to TELUS

        Import existing data in various other electronic sources
         (e.g. Excel, MS Access) into TELUS

 Average time from delivery to full functionality – 1 week
Implementing TELUS for the Web
 Acquire the Software
    Initiate request for TELUS for the Web;

    Work with NJIT staff to understand agency requirements.

 System Customization:
    NJIT staff helps with customizing the software;

       Minor customizations are free;

       Major customization services are provided through
        separate contracts (e.g. Houston-Galveston, NYMTC)

       References available
Implementing TELUS for the Web (continued)

 Import Data

     System customized to connect to existing data sources

     NJIT staff help import existing data into TELUS from various
      other electronic sources

 Average time from initial request to full functionality – 1 to 6
  months (it depends upon the level of customization)
Function               MPOs   HGAC   MVRPC   Broward   NYMTC   ALDOT   NJDOT   FLDOT

Data Entry                                                         
TIP Preparation                                                    
                                                                       
STIP Preparation
– Assembly

                                                                               
STIP Preparation
– Dissemination

                                                                   
Public Participation
– Viewing

                                                                      
Public Participation
– Commenting

Reports                                                           
Approvals                                               
GIS View                                                          
Examples of Implementations

 ALDOT – December „04           Broward County MPO –
    1st Statewide Deployment     January „06

    Common Format For TIP          Coordination with Local
    Prior Year Obligated
     Projects List               HGAC - September „06

 MVRPC - June „05                  Coordination with Local
    Public Participation
                                    Project Submission Tool
    Earned commendation
     during Federal Review          Project Scoring and
                                     Prioritization Tool
Examples of Implementations

 NYMTC - November „06          NJDOT – Spring „08
    Coordination with Local       2nd Statewide Deployment
                                   Coordination with Local
    Conformity Project             Agencies
     Submission Tool
                                   Common Format For TIP
    Approval Process
                                   Public Participation –
                                    Project Viewing
TELUS for the Web Applications
 Houston-Galveston Area Council

 Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

 Alabama Department of Transportation
Implementing TELUM

 Acquire the Software

    Mailed to every MPO/SDOT when a new version is released

    Download from TELUS website

    Request a copy from the website or by mail/email

 Install all required software (MS Office with full versions of
  Excel and Access), and ArcGIS for GIS module.

 Prepare Input Data
    Our staff can assist with preparing input data.
User Cost of TELUS Products
 TELUS for the PC and TELUM Software is:
    Free
    Provided on a CD with User Manual/ Internet downloads
 TELUS for the Web
    Free
    Provided on a CD or as a download
    ArcIMS ($10,000 approximately)
    e-Reporting software (Formula One software package,
Technical Support & Training
 Technical Support via phone, email
    Installation

    Troubleshooting

    Importing data

    Customizing reports

 Training
    Provided to users free of charge via web-conferencing or at
     NJIT Newark, New Jersey location

    On site at the agency (requires a separate contract with NJIT)
Completed Training To Date
 Statewide

   Tennessee DOT, December 2006 – TELUS for the PC, 5

   Texas DOT, February 2006 – TELUS for the PC, 11 MPOs

   Alabama DOT, December 2004 – TELUS for the Web, 13

   Connecticut DOT, May 2004 – TELUS for the PC, 5 MPOs
Completed Training (continued)
 By Agency
    New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission, NY, Oct. 2006
     – TELUS for the Web
    Houston-Galveston Area Council, TX, September 2006 – TELUS for
     the Web
    FTA Region 2, NY, March 2006 – ESTIP Module
    Broward County MPO, FL, January 2006 – TELUS for the Web
    Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, OH, June 2005 –
     TELUS for the Web
    Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, MI, October 2006 – TELUS
     for the PC
    KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission, WV, May 2005 – TELUS
     for the PC
Documentation and Support
 TELUS website:

 User Manuals
 TELUM Tutorials/Case Studies
 Presentations
Lazar Spasovic
Professor, Civil Engineering and
Director, TELUS Project
Tiernan Hall, Suite 287
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102

phone: (973) 642-7214

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