Multimodal Level of Service: ARTPLAN Software:
Purpose of Tool:
ARTPLAN is software that was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to aid in determining the multimodal level of service (LOS) of a variety of facilities. This software is primarily used in the planning phase of a transportation project, and it evaluates multiple variables affecting all modes of transportation (automobile, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit) in order to assess the efficiency of the facility. This software allows a more detailed analysis of multimodal operations prior to the preliminary engineering phase of a transportation project. This software is one of the few professionally accepted methodologies for evaluating multimodal LOS.
Benefits of Using Tool:
This software provides a planning level analysis for determining LOS. While it builds on the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) methodologies, it is expanded to account for the entire multimodal system. This approach is beneficial to communities and agencies by providing a more reliable and quantitative multimodal assessment in the planning process.
Steps Involved to Use Tool
In general, this program operates through a series of operational inputs, and LOS information is determined from the analysis of the data. The following steps outline this process:
Special Requirements to Use Tool:
The ARTPLAN software may be downloaded from the FDOT website.
Specials Resources Needed to Use Tool
Specific data inputs are necessary to fully utilize the software. These data include: traffic volume, traffic speed, lane configuration, presence of heavy vehicles, traffic control characteristics, and the presence of bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit stops. In most cases, this information is available from local and state transportation agencies.
Communities / Agencies that Have Used Tool:
The following agencies have successfully utilized FDOT’s ARTPLAN software:
Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, 727-464-8200
600 Cleveland Street, Suite 750, Clearwater, FL, 33755
Renea Vincent, Planning and Zoning Division Director, 727-942-5611
324 E. Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, FL, 34689
Metrics to Use to Monitor Tool Effectiveness
This tool is valuable to agencies and communities because it aids in reaching their goals for transportation planning. The tools provides more reliable multimodal LOS data than was previously available, which can be used through the following applications:
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