Virginia Transportation Modeling Program

Hampton Roads Regional Travel Demand Model


Developer: AECOM

Completion Year: 2013

Base Year: 2009

Forecast Year: 2040

2009 Population: 1,627,270

Jurisdictions: Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach; James City, Poquoson, York, Isle of Wight
and Gloucester (p*) counties

Internal TAZs: 1,503

Software: Cube Voyager

Trip Purposes:

Home-Based Work(HBW)
Home-Based Oher (HBO)
Non-Home Based (NHB)

Time Period Modeled: AM, Mid-day, PM, Night

Modes: Passenger vehicle, Transit, Truck

Regional characteristics

The Hampton Roads model area is near the Richmond/Tri-Cities model, with only a portion of Charles City and New Kent counties separating the two.

The model is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and North Carolina to the south. The Chesapeake Bay and James River separate the southern and northern areas.

Travel characteristics

The Hampton Roads region has various important features that influence travel.

Hampton Roads and its military establishment contain the largest concentration of military personnel and resources in the world. Each ach branch of the armed forces represented.

The area is home to the world's largest naval base.

Numerous major industries support this military complex, as well as shipbuilding, a major business in the region.

As a major commercial seaport, the region generates extensive freight (truck and rail) traffic.

In addition, the Hampton Roads region is a popular tourist destination. Popular attractions include its beaches, the historic Colonial Williamsburg area, and other attractions such as Busch Gardens.

These features lead to major fluctuations in travel due to seasonal (tourist) effects, as well as shifts in the economy and military-related actions.

Travel between the northern (“Peninsula”) and southern (“Southside”) portions is limited to three main bridges and some ferry service.

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