This course offered by the National Transit Institute (NTI) will cover transit ridership forecasting using FTA’s Simplified Trips-on-Project Software package (STOPS). FTA developed the course to provide training on STOPS and its usefulness in transit project planning. The course is intended for travel forecasters who are looking to understand STOPS in detail and become proficient in various applications.
FTA released STOPS in September 2013 as an optional ridership-forecasting method for sponsors of New Starts and Small Starts projects. The updated version of the course will feature STOPS version 2.50, scheduled for release in winter 2018, as the basis for examples, illustrations, and workshops.
The three-day course covers:
- How STOPS works
- How to use STOPS for individual projects
- How to use ridership forecasts to prepare a narrative about the benefits of transit projects
Another course will be held in Seattle, June 12-14. Presenters will be Bill Woodford from RSG Inc., and Jeff Roux and Jim Ryan from FTA. For details and registration, see the NTI course website. Additional offerings are anticipated in 2018 as part of the NTI catalogue.