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TransCAD
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Vendor Caliper
License Proprietary
Documentation See a detailed brochure here: http://www.caliper.com/pdfs/ traveldemandmodelingbrochure.pdf
Data Input ACS/Census, HERE, CTPP, LEHD, TP+, EMME, TRIPS, QRSII, TMODEL, TRANPLAN Cube formats, GTFS, GIS shapefiles
Data Output GIS shapefile, maps, trip generation estimates
Website http://www.caliper.com/tcovu.htm


TransCad is full transportation GIS software product sold by Caliper Corporation that can do travel demand forecasting. Starting with TransCAD 6.0, GTFS file format input and GTFS-based best route solutions are supported[1]. TransCAD is designed to offer easy visualization and editing of an entire transit network. TansCAD's modelling capabilities create trip generation forecasts, showing trips generated in individual zones, and zone-to-zone trip generation. This is useful for evaluating the effects of changes to the transportation network on transportation demand. The trip generation estimates might differentiate by mode.

Special GIS Features

As a GIS focused on representing transportation infrastructure, TransCAD offers some system representation that is more complicated to produce in other GIS applications.

Network

TransCAD's data structure stores data relevant to transportation systems, allowing for accessible manipulation to adjust the system in order to resolve issues. Some elements stored in the stat structure include:

  • Turn delays or restrictions
  • Overpasses, underpasses, and one-way links
  • Intersection and junction attributes
  • Intermodal or interline terminals, transfer points, and delay functions
  • Zonal centroid connectors
  • Link classifications and performance functions
  • Transit access, egress, and walk transfer links

Linear Referencing

TransCAD's method of refrencing location as distances from a point along a route help with certain types of analysis. Some features this is useful for include:

  • Facility infrastructure and operations data
  • Accident locations
  • Pavement or rail condition ratings
  • Traffic flows and transit ridership data
  • Facility alignments
  • Capital project data

Data Inputs and Outputs

TransCAD can open, import, and export a large variety of file formats to populate attribute tables and to generate maps. A full list of file types can be found here

Pricing

TransCAD is a licensed software, and also offers tech support packages. As of April 2017, the full pricing table is:[2]

TransCAD Software Price Comments
Standard TransCAD
Single User License
$12,000 The Standard License is a single workstation license that includes telephone and email technical support and free upgrades for a period of one year from the date of delivery.
Base TransCAD
Single User License
$4000 The Base License is a single workstation license that includes telephone technical support and free upgrades for a period of one year from the date of delivery, but does not include the travel demand models or the logistics procedures.
Custom Service Pack Price Comments
10-Hour Service Pack $2,500 10 hours prepaid consulting by phone, email, or GoToMeeting
TransCAD Support Price Comments
Standard TransCAD Support 1-Year Extension $1200 If your current support contract has expired, a surcharge will be assessed to cover support reinstatement. Contact Caliper for more information and for HERE data update pricing.
Base TransCAD Support 1-Year Extension $800 If your current support contract has expired, a surcharge will be assessed to cover support reinstatement. Contact Caliper for more information and for HERE data update pricing.

References

  1. Caliper Corporation. "TransCAD 6.0 is Released." Accessed November 1, 2012 from http://www.caliper.com/Press/pr20120814.htm
  2. TransCAD pricing page http://www.caliper.com/tcprice.htm

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