Applications and Development Workshop
April 8–9, 2010
Hosting the TRANSIMS Online Community
Scott B. Smith, Ph.D.
US DOT / RITA / Volpe Center / RVT-91
Cambridge, MA 02142
List of Authors
A number of online communities currently support TRANSIMS: the Texas A&M listserv, transims-opensource.net, and Sourceforge. Transims-opensource.net experienced a significant outage in 2009. In late 2009, FHWA asked the Volpe Center to research other hosting options. Key requirements include both user and developer discussion forums, good search capability, a wiki with TRANSIMS documentation, a link to Sourceforge, and a blog with news events. We present the results of this research with recommendations.
Scott Smith is an operations research analyst with wide-ranging experience in the analysis and modeling of transportation systems. While at the Volpe Center, Dr. Smith's work has included an examination of the potential impact of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) on regional planning models, and the development of several surface traffic assignment and simulation models, including a TRANSIMS implementation at Buffalo / Niagara Falls. Clients have included many operating administrations of USDOT, the National Park Service, as well as local agencies.