• Evaluation of School Travel Patterns and Preferences

    NCDOT Research Project Number: 2021-15

 Executive Summary

  • The primary objective of this project was to gather new data to supplement the NCDOT School Traffic Calculator (STC), specifically focusing on estimating vehicular rates and queue length. School travel data was collected from various schools in different regions of North Carolina. The state is experiencing population growth, particularly in urban areas, leading to a rapid construction of new schools. Additionally, existing schools in North Carolina and the entire United States are witnessing an increase in child passenger pick-up and drop-off activities, irrespective of the school's age or location (NHTSA, 2009). Therefore, it is crucial to accurately estimate queue length requirements and trip generation rates at school sites to enhance transportation safety in North Carolina's communities. The research team expanded the existing school travel data by incorporating observations from diverse school types found across the state of North Carolina.
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    This research provides enhanced accuracy for school travel mode and queue length estimation through updates to the STC calculator. An increased accuracy in queue length needs can improve school site design and traffic management plans.​

Daniel Findley
Daniel Findley; Joy C. Davis; Emeline McCaleb; Chris Vaughan; Shoaib Samandar; Daniel Coble
Kimberly D. Hinton
John W. Kirby
NC State University - ITRE

 Report Period

  • January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023


  • Complete


  • Traffic, Mobility, Safety and Roadway Design

 Sub Category

  • Traffic Management

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