Developing a Total Peak Period Travel Time Performance Measure An Updated Concept Paper
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Transportation performance measures based on travel time quantities satisfy a range of mobility purposes. The measures can show the effect of many transportation and land use solutions, and they are relatively easy to communicate to a range of audiences. The concept of total travel time has been discussed since the early 1950s, but because of data inaccessibility, the planning community has rarely used total travel time as a measure. For the initial implementation of the total peak period travel time measure in the Urban Mobility Report, data from the report's primary data sets were combined in a new way to estimate road users' total travel time during the peak period. Data shortcomings were addressed with simplifying assumptions to create a calculation method that would offer a more refined value than would the use of raw or incomplete data. Total peak period travel time can provide additional explanatory power to a set of mobility performance measures and bridge the gap between traditional delay-based measurement and accessibility.