Quantify Mixed-Use Development Trip Generation

Our MXD+ tool utilizes research from two major studies to more accurately predict vehicle trip generation from MXDs. These studies identify key relationships between the mode of travel and the built environment.  Semantics are important:

  • Mixed-use development (or MXD) is a generic term for land use strategies.
  • In 2010, Fehr & Peers partnered with the US EPA to create a MXD tool.
  • Since then, Fehr & Peers continues to advance our proprietary MXD+ tool to be the best one in the industry.
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Customizable for Clients

Fehr & Peers can create a locally-calibrated version of this tool for you and your community

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Building on ITE

MainStreet integrates traditional methods with modern knowledge and current practices

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7-Variable Sensitivity

Enhanced sensitivity for more accurate trip generation estimates than traditional methods alone

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A Full Accounting

Per SB 743, MXD+ provides a full accounting of on-site and surrounding effects

We brought our MXD+ tool to the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) with the intent to customize it for them; but the collaborative effort resulted in a more enhanced tool than we had originally planned, and was enabled by joint enthusiasm and a great working relationship with the agency.  DDOT now has its own tool for evaluating multimodal travel behavior during development review.

Work products included the custom MXD+ tool, a User’s Guide, and literature review.

What makes MXD+ valuable?

Mixed-use development is widely considered an effective means of reducing traffic impacts. Ranking in the EPA top-ten Smart Growth planning principles, and achieving higher levels of support from planners, policy makers and elected officials and developers, mixing a variety of land uses is generally considered a strategy that optimizes use of transportation infrastructure, improves community quality-of-life, and reduces vehicle travel and related concerns over global warming. Mixed-use developments come in a wide range of sizes, mixes and configurations. One common characteristic is that such development can reduce off-site traffic impacts by satisfying travel needs within the development site and reducing external travel. However, traffic engineers are ill equipped to quantify these benefits in traffic planning and impact analysis. Techniques available from ITE and standard travel modeling do not accurately measure the potential trip reduction achievable from a full range of development concepts. Fehr & Peers has developed a more accurate and robust method of estimating the traffic generation from mixed-use development projects. The approach relies on built environment variables known as the D’s to measure the degree of interactivity within the site and adjust the conventional ITE and modeling methods.

The latest MXD research shows that traffic studies overestimate impacts of mixed-use development by 35%.  The new MXD+ 2.0 analysis tool corrects those errors, as described in the American Planning Association planning advisory, “Getting Trip Generation Right: Eliminating the Bias Against Mixed-Use Development”.