For many years, Bentley Cube Voyager has been the sole travel demand modeling software used in Florida. In 2018, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) decided to procure a new software vendor for this purpose.
As a result of this new procurement, two software vendors were selected: PTV and Caliper.
In late 2021, FDOT District 5 made the decision to select Caliper's TransCAD as the new software vendor to run the Central Florida Regional Planning Model (CFRPM).
FDOT statewide support for Cube Voyager will end on June 30, 2023.
- As of February 2022, Caliper has provided the first draft of the converted and translated CFRPM to District 5 staff for testing. The current timeframe for adoption will be late (November or December) 2022. This version will be CFRPM 7.2.
- Training, virtual and in-person, will follow in January 2023.
- There will no longer be a requirement to have Esri ArcMap installed in order to run CFRPM 7.2. This is because Caliper TransCAD operates in a GIS environment.
- TransCAD comes in 32 and 64-bit installations. The 64-bit version has better performance and decreased model run time. However, for users that want to convert the GIS files for use in Esri products, there are some compatibility issues.
- ArcMap Desktop is a 32-bit program, and cannot convert TransCAD files from the 64-bit version.
- ArcMap Pro is 64-bit, and can convert TransCAD files from the 64-bit version.
- Based on this, users may install either or both TransCAD versions.
CFRPM 7.2 will have some differences from CFRPM 7.0, which is currently the adopted model of record for the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in District 5. Once CFRPM 7.2 is ready for release, District 5 will ask all of the MPOs to readopt this version as the official model of record. This model will reflect any Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) amendments approved since 2020.
The next anticipated version of CFRPM will be 8.0, which will coincide with the 2050 LRTPs that the MPOs will develop and adopt in late 2025.