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Travel Demand Forecasting for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

DoT’s Strategic Transportation Evaluation & Assessment Model (STEAM)

Accessed via the login box on the right, the online service is offered exclusively to stakeholders and prequalified consultants needing technical information and access to the STEAM model. Logging into the online service requires a user account which has been approved by DoT.

The DoT’s Strategic Transportation Evaluation & Assessment Model (STEAM) is a sophisticated multi-modal travel demand model, developed from 2009 travel survey data and international benchmarking, and which is used as a customized tool to forecast travel demand across Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Using demographics and land use data sourced from the Urban Planning Council for 2009, the 2030 planning horizon and 5 year intervals in between (2015, 2020, 2025), STEAM is able to be used as analysis and assessment tool for these years. 

STEAM plays the role of a scenario testing tool to help make informed decisions about land use development, the transportation system and transport policy. It is able to model travel demand patterns across the transportation system for any combination of scenarios that include changes to the transport system, changes to land use and demographics, or changes to transport policies.

A typical day to day use of STEAM is to assist with the analysis of proposed land use developments by determining the effect the development has on the transportation system.  The STEAM model is also used as a tool in all major DoT highway and public transport studies to test and analyse different scenarios.

STEAM is able to produce a wide range of outputs, among them congestion levels at an intersection or on a section of road, travel times on any route, traffic flows, public transport passenger loads and passenger interchanges between public transport services.

The Department of Transport's vision is to deliver an effective transport system that contributes to the economic growth, quality of life and environmental sustainability of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  STEAM is a sophisticated and dynamic tool to help achieve this vision.

Check the related video and downloads below for an overview of STEAM Model.

For more information on this service, or in case you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

  STEAM Video
This video provides a high level overview of the Strategic Transportation Evaluation and Assessment Model including information about how it was developed, its functionality, and how the model is used by the Department of Transport.

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