Virginia Transportation Modeling Program

Roanoke Regional Travel Demand Model

Roanoke model region

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

Completion year:

Base year:

Forecast year:

2012 population:

Cities of Roanoke and Salem; Roanoke and Botetourt counties

Air quality status:
Early action compact

Internal TAZs:

 Cube Voyager

Trip purposes:
Home-Based Work(HBW)
Home-Based School(HBS)
Home-Based Other (HBO)
Non-Home Based(NHB)

Time period modeled:
AM, Mid-day, PM, Night

Passenger vehicle, Transit


Regional characteristics

The model area includes most of the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as well as the urbanized part of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission.

The model is bounded by the rural areas of Botetourt, Roanoke, and Franklin counties.

The Roanoke River bisects the region as it crosses through the city of Roanoke.

Travel characteristics

The Roanoke metropolitan area is the major focal point of activity in Southwest Virginia.

It is serviced by a major railroad, an interstate bus line, a number of large trucking firms and a municipal airport.

Highway access is provided by Interstates 81 and 581 and U.S. Routes 460 and 220.

The system is supplemented by U.S. Routes 221 and 11 and state primary Routes 24, 101, 112, 115, 116, 117, 118 and 311.

The Blue Ridge Parkway also provides tourists with a scenic route along the eastern and southern portion of the study area.

There are no HOV or toll facilities in the Roanoke Valley MPO.

The Greater Roanoke Transit Company provides commuter bus service for the city and surrounding counties, although this accounts for a small percentage of total commuters.

Another available mode is the Roanoke Area Dial-A-Ride.

Model Contact
Xin Wang 

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