Trip generation is one of the fundamental components of transportation planning, and the first step in conducting Transportation Impact Studies (TIS). In Palestine, trip generation rates are not yet established and TIS are not yet adopted at the policy level. This research aims to establish trip generation rates for major land uses and compare the results with regional and international rates.
Field survey and site selection was based on international practices. A total of 138 sites comprising six major land uses (34 residential, 33 office, 37commercial, 14 school, 12 hospital, and 8 hotel) and their sub-categories were surveyed during the AM/PM peak periods using manual counting technique. The survey covered all major cities in the West Bank, Palestine.
A sample size ranging from 6 to 22 sites for each land use sub-category was used. Trip generation rates were established for the studied land uses as a function of several independent variables. This resulted in determining the appropriate independent variable(s) for trip generation rate.
The study results were compared with already established regional and international rates for the same land uses; it was found that the local trip generation rate is considerably different.
The results of this research will form a basic step towards establishing proper transportation planning practices in Palestine and developing a Trip Generation Manual. The research recommends coordination with key stakeholders to promote the adoption of TIS at the local policy level.