The core of the T-MAP platform is a suite of general analytical models that can be used independently for a specific purpose, or in concert, depending on a community’s needs and goals.
There are three core models:
- A GIS-based method for measuring trail system connectivity
- A trail-use demand factoring and forecasting model
- A set of impact assessment tools that translate
trail use into dollars related to health and transportation impacts.
The platform includes a set of data collection instruments that will set a next-generation standard for active transportation research. To develop T-MAP,
RTC will collect data on trail use and trail users in 12 urban areas throughout the U.S.
For more information and to participate please visit the project page.
- Advancing project-scale health impact modeling for active transportation: A user survey and health impact calculation of 14 US trails . T Götschi, TH Loh Journal of Transport & Health 4, 334-347
- Development of a Survey Tool to Quantify Health Impacts of Trail Use . J Cohn, TH Loh, T Götschi . Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 34:(3) The output is summarized on the project website: http://www.railstotrails.org/our-work/research-and-information/trail-modeling-and-assessment-platform/