Performance and Trends

Whether traveling by car, bus, rail, bicycle or walking, every regional resident depends on how well the region’s transportation system works now and into the future.

System measures

System measures

Performance measures evaluate how the system safely, efficiently, and effectively connects people to destinations, like grocery stores, work, parks and childcare, and many other places people travel.

Performance outcomes include federally required and regionally specific measures that guide the policies and planning across the system. The regional performance measures are shaped by the six goals of the Transportation Policy Plan.

  • Transportation System Stewardship
  • Safety and Security
  • Access to Destinations
  • Competitive Economy
  • Healthy and Equitable Communities
  • Leveraging Transportation Investments to Guide Land Use
Travel forecasting

Travel forecasting

Travel demand modeling is an essential part of transportation investments. It allows planners to identify and analyze when and where travel demand is highest, and estimate how much people might travel in the future. Realistic and data-driven travel demand forecasts are needed at every stage of planning and project development.

The Met Council is responsible for maintaining and developing the Regional Travel Demand Forecast Model and for creating forecasts with socio‚Äźeconomic data. The goal of travel demand forecasting is to develop results that are logical, sensible, and reflect the key differences between alternatives.

Travel behavior

Travel behavior

Understanding how residents use our region’s roads, bikeways, walkways and transit is an essential step in planning a transportation system that works for everyone. The Met Council conducts several surveys, including the Travel Behavior Inventory Household Survey, to understand how people get around our region. The data draws a picture of trends in travel behavior across the region.

Emerging trends

Emerging trends

The transportation system is evolving as new technologies come online and travel behaviors shift to meet current situations. The Met Council studies emerging trends to keep up with developments in the near and distant futures that will inform the way we plan and the policies that will need to be in place to meet these opportunities.