We looked at county commuting patterns from 1980 to 2000 for Northern NJ (including to
NY), and once tried to use trends to establish new forecasts, the problem we ran into was
the growth in inter-county trips was so high in many cases, that if you just extrapolated
the trends you wound up with non-sensical intra-county commuting trips, to the point that
some counties had only 20% or 25% of their work trips intracounty. WE had to modify this
on a case by case basis, and established a floor below which intracounty commuting would
not fall below. That was using 1980-2000 as a basis. I really think this is a case by
case analyis based on each metropolitan area. In my opnion you really need to look at
results and not wholly use trends, and going back to 1970 may not make sense given it was
so different and pre 1973 with oil prices.
From: ctpp-news-bounces(a)chrispy.net [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ed
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:27 PM
To: ctpp-news maillist
Cc: Mary Luebbers
Subject: [CTPP] Re: Commuting Patterns Projections
I am passing this question I got on to the CTPP listserve in case anyone can add to
discussion. I hope Mary does not mind--its an important question.
Mary Luebbers wrote:
To your knowledge, has anyone developed projections of inter-county
commuting patterns based on trends from 1970 to 2000 (from CTPP data
and its precursors)?
Mary S. Luebbers
OKI Regional Council of Governments
Mary--I have not seen any but that does not mean that someone hasn't done it.
Personally, I could think of a hundred reasons to pick at any projections especially if I
didn't like the look of the numbers but that does not mean that the flow history
wouldn't be able to add some insights and dimension to any projections. Projections
always flow better when they appear tied to some historical context, but I digress..
.While these are not exactly projections they are some examples of how I have seen county
flows presented: Anyone others out there?
Chicago Area Commuting Patterns and Trends by Ed Christopher and Siim Soot (March 2003)
Example of County-to-County Flow Maps for North Carolina prepared by Todd Steiss (August
Web page on County-to-County Worker Flows in Bay Area and Northern California (Data
Released: March 6, 2003). (Updated: March 12, 2003)
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