The Federal Transit Administration has developed a short course on ridership forecasting with STOPS for transit project planning. STOPS is the Simplified Trips-on-Project Software package that FTA released in September 2013 as an optional ridership-forecasting method for sponsors of New Starts and Small Starts projects.
The course will feature STOPS version 2.0, scheduled for release in spring 2016, as the basis for examples, illustrations, and workshops.
The course is 2.5 days long and covers how STOPS works, how to make STOPS work for individual projects, and how to use STOPS forecasts to prepare a narrative of the mobility benefits of projects. The intended audience comprises travel forecasters with some STOPS experience who are looking to understand STOPS in detail and become proficient in various applications.
The initial offerings of the course will be in Orlando, May 12-14, and in Los Angeles, June 7-9.
Presenters will be Bill Woodford from RSG, and Jeff Roux and Jim Ryan from FTA.
For details and registration, contact
at the FTA Office of Planning or call at 202-366-1806.