E. 131st Avenue PLAT Study


VI. Travel Patterns and Characteristics

The Streetlight data analysis sought to answer several questions. First of all, the analysis examined the relative volume of local trips versus regional trips using the E. 131 st Avenue corridor. Secondly, the analysis examined the origins and destinations of both regional and local trips, focusing on prominent pairs or patterns. Finally, the analysis examined connections between the E. 131 st Avenue TAZ and other zones, especially the zones to the north along E. Fletcher Avenue and to the east containing the University of South Florida.

Big Data Review for Traffic Analysis In order to understand travel patterns around the project corridor, the analysis included consulting Big Data resources. The Big Data resources used included the geospatial data created from use of mobile, GPS, LBS devises, or connected vehicles as they ping cell towers or satellites and create location points. This data has been packaged as an analytic tool (Streetlight Insight®) for use with planning studies. Streetlight Insight aggregates data sources to better understand the flows and relative volumes of traffic. Instead of producing a count like an AADT figure, Streetlight will produce an index score which will allow an analysis of relative volumes across time periods or geographies. This analysis is better used for understanding the origin, destination, and general distribution of trips, and which connections see the highest relative volumes. The analysis is also helpful in viewing how people use the E. 131 st Avenue corridor, including the breakdown of local trips versus regional trips. For this analysis, 15 zones and 20 gates were created. While the zones and gates directly abutting E. 131 st Avenue can be seen in Figure 2-10 , for a more complete graphic, please see Appendix VI . The zones extended to the county boundary, farther away from E. 131 st Avenue to better capture the nuances of traffic closer to the study area. In addition, the zone containing E. 131 st Avenue was created around the property lines of parcels that directly abut E. 131 st Avenue, thus focusing on traffic using the corridor to access proximate uses. The gates were placed at either end of the project corridor, and on N. Nebraska Avenue, N. 15 th Street, N. 22 nd Street and Bruce B Downs Boulevard north and south of the project corridor.



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