TREDIS Newsletter, February 2021

This newsletter provides updates on TREDIS® Software.
USDOT ANNOUNCES A BILLION DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSPORTATION GRANTS
 
TRANSPORTATION GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 19, 2021
The USDOT announced a new round of competitive grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program. The program is making one billion dollars available for "shovel ready" transportation infrastructure investments.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available on the Build America Bureau website. TREDIS and MBCA both conform to USDOT guidelines for BCA and have proven track records.

TREDIS READY WITH LATEST BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS GUIDANCE
The USDOT revised the benefit-cost analysis (BCA) guidelines for FY21. The annual update to TREDIS will be released later this week, which will include the revised guidance and recommended values from USDOT. The update will also include the latest Moody's (post-COVID) forecast and IMPLAN economic data, as well as new applied research from the TREDIS team. These new innovations and updates include: emissions factors from the US Environmental Protection Agency's latest emissions model (MOVES3), and updated freight and logistics data.
 
For training and information on using the grant reviewer mode, please contact TREDIS staff.


Events
 
This week the TREDIS team is releasing the annual update, including the latest FY21 USDOT BCA guidance on parameters. The TREDIS team will highlight changes in the BCA guidelines, new features, and refresh users how to enable the new Grant Reviewer mode. Additionally, the TREDIS team will share their thoughts on data prep, running sensitivity tests, and presenting results. As always, the TREDIS team will answer your questions at the end of the presentation.

Date:    Tuesday, March 2 at 2pm EST                                    Click here to Register
 
Have a question, please submit questions in advance here.
 
 
TRB OVERVIEW
Thank you for visiting us virtually at our booth and our special DOT Meet and Greet session!
 
Missed us at TRB? Check out our new short Instructional Videos and Datasheets on TREDIS applications.
Updates
 
TECHNICAL ADVISORIES
We continue to enhance TREDIS to support our customers. Here are the latest updates:
  • Grant Reviewer Account: TREDIS feature enables reviewers to see and review simulations.
  • Cost Categories: New cost categories have been added for capital and operations.
  • Import Spreadsheet: Import spreadsheet template can now accommodate the new cost categories.
  • Trip Balancing: Trip balancing can now be managed at multiple summary levels, without resetting project results.
  • Transit Accounting: The relationship between transit operations and economic impacts has been clarified. Increased vehicle operations are now inputs on the travel screen, which do not result in changes to economic impacts.
  • TNC: The Autonomous Vehicles TNC mode reflects the provision of travel services by fleets of autonomous vehicles.
  • Charge Accounting: TREDIS now accounts for money collected by the government, transit agencies, or facility operators differently than out-of-pocket costs to drivers, such as fuel purchases and maintenance costs.
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