Location-based social networking data : doubly-constrained gravity model origin-destination estimation of the urban travel demand for Austin, TX



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Populations and land development have the potential to shift as economies change at a rate that is faster than currently employed for updating a transportation plan for a region. This thesis uses the Foursquare location-based social networking check-in data to analyze the origin-destination travel demand for Austin, Texas. A doubly-constrained gravity model has been employed to create an origin-destination model. This model was analyzed in comparison to a singly-constrained gravity model as well as the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's 2010 Urban Transportation Study's origin-destination matrices through trip length distributions, the zonal origin-destination flow patterns, and the zonal trip generation and attraction heat maps in an effort to validate the methodology.