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Transview 3D Visualization Software

Roadway construction and land development are complex processes. In order for a community to make sound decisions during these processes, stakeholders must possess a common understanding of the intended results and impacts of the proposed project. TransView, a software program created by TCRPC and ORBITEC with funding from the Federal Highway Adminstration, was developed to enable all stakeholders to understand how new roadway and land development projects will look, feel, and function.

The TransView software allows the user to create a three-dimensional visualization of a customized development scenario. With the ability to select from different land use types, density types, and roadway components, users can “walk through” and “fly over” hundreds of different development scenarios to gain a better understanding of the different ways in which their community could look, feel, and function in the future. Users can also select from “pre-defined” development scenarios such as Complete Streets, Conservation Subdivision, Low Impact Development, and New Urbanism to learn more about these emerging development types. TransView is an easy-to-use and powerful tool to help communities make better decisions about their future.

If you would like to learn more about how your community can use TransView to make better decisions about future development, please contact us.

TransView allows users to “walk through” different land development types to better understand how the development types look, feel, and function.

Transportation Demand Modeling

TCRPC staff utilizes Cube software to run a regional travel demand model. The model currently provides 24 hour traffic data and turning movements. The travel demand model also utilizes land use projection software to determine how development is likely to occur in the future. This tool allows TCRPC staff to project traffic and development well into the future. 

Uses of the model include:
- projecting how a new development (industrial, commercial, or residential) will effect traffic
- determining capacity needs based on current and future level of service
- projecting how a new road will impact local/regional traffic patterns

TCRPC staff is currently in the process of updating the model to include socioeconomic data from the 2010 census. This model update will also include the development of a peak hour model. 

If your community or business would like to talk to TCRPC about utilizing model data please contact Jim Webb at 309-673-9796 ext. 257 or jwebb@tricountyrpc.org

Livability Index

The livability index is currently under construction through the HUD sustainability initiative known as Brilliant.Bright.Community.  This index will create a report card for a census block (neighborhood) on the "livability" of that particular area using data such as sidewalk availability, bus routes, access to jobs and education, etc.  Livability as used in this project is defined by the US Housing and Urban Development's six principles:

  1. Provide more transportation choices.
  2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
  4. Support existing communities.
  5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
  6. Value communities and neighborhoods.

Look for this index in the fall of 2012.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802