When developing a transportation project two sets of data are used: a base, or existing year data set and a forecasted year data set, which in this case is year 2035. From these data, both existing and potential future transportation operations are assessed. The growth in traffic numbers is generated using Travel Demand Models that are developed for the project study area for the year 2035. As one of its primary inputs, the model uses the 2035 socioeconomic forecasts for the region that were developed using the most current published data available for the region. To determine the design characteristics (e.g., facility type, speed limits, location) of a new or improved facility, the future traffic data is evaluated.
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