Chandra Khare

Chandra Khare

Director, Data Science and Modeling

Chandra Khare has more than sixteen years of experience in travel demand model development, corridor planning studies, transit ridership and revenue forecasting, survey design and market assessment.

  • Developed GA Statewide Model
  • Corridor planning studies
  • FTA New STarts/Small Starts
  • Survey design and market assessment
  • Transit ridership and revenue forecasting
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CONTACT

ckhare@metroanalytics.com

  • Activity Based Modeling
  • 4-Step Travel Demand Modeling
  • Corridor planning studies
  • Survey design and market assessment
  • Transit ridership and revenue forecasting
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts/Small Starts projects
  • Tool development

 

  • 16 years, Travel Demand Modeling
  • Project Manager
  • Staff Mentor/Supervisor
  • Developed GA Statewide Model
  • Atlanta to Columbus High Speed Rail Feasibility Study
  • Baton Rouge Urban Mobility Renewal and Mobility Plan
  • I-49, Arkansas DOT
  • Metro Atlanta Operational Planning Study
  • Cape Fear Crossing Traffic, North Carolina
  • S., Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, 2003
  • Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2000


Specialties of Excellence

Chandra Khare has more than sixteen years of experience in travel demand model development, corridor planning studies, transit ridership and revenue forecasting, survey design and market assessment. He has managed the development, update and application of various travel demand models. He has conducted traffic and revenue studies and developed toll choice models. Mr. Khare is proficient in several Computer-based analysis and modeling tools including Cube, TransCAD, ArcGIS, SPSS and MATLAB.


Projects

TRAVEL DEMAND MODELING/DATA ANALYSIS EXPERIENCE

  • Georgia Department of Transportation Planning Technical Services, Atlanta, GA – As Project manager, Mr. Khare was involved in the development and update of the Georgia Statewide Travel Demand Model and numerous MPO travel demand models. His specific tasks include calibration and validation of base year models, development of future year alternatives and preparing traffic forecasts and technical reports. He developed a time-of-day model as a post processor to the daily model using data from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey.

    Atlanta to Columbus High Speed Rail Feasibility Study, Columbus Consolidated Government, Columbus, GA – Mr. Khare developed an intercity travel demand model for preparation of ridership and revenue forecasts for High-Speed Rail service proposed between Columbus, Georgia and Atlanta.

    Georgia Commute Options (GCO), Atlanta, GA: Using data analytics, Mr. Khare developed innovative mobility strategies for the GCO Travel Demand Management (TDM) program. He processed and analyzed large datasets for programmatic decision-making and evaluation of Return on Investment (ROI). He also integrated multiple technologies to analyze spatial and non-spatial data, for potential market capture and customer outreach. Chandra also developed several performance metrics and custom tools like ROI, drive-time analysis and a cost savings calculator.

    Baton Rouge Urban Mobility Renewal and Mobility Plan (BUMP) Traffic and Revenue Study, Baton Rouge, LA: Mr. Khare managed a project that involved development of a toll diversion model to assess the feasibility of a proposed toll facility and to provide a preliminary estimation of the traffic and toll revenue. His efforts included detailed toll sensitivity and identification of appropriate toll rates as well as estimation of a 30-year gross revenue stream.

    I-49, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Fort Smith, AK – Mr. Khare developed traffic and revenue forecasts for a missing portion of I-49 in western Arkansas.  The study evaluated the financial feasibility of adding this interstate segment through the support of toll revenues.  Several sensitivity tests were also developed to understand potential impacts to the revenue stream.

    Metro Atlanta Operational Planning Study, GDOT, Atlanta, GA – Mr. Khare identified bottlenecks along Atlanta’s limited access facilities and evaluated potential low-cost improvements that can maximize capacity, such as dynamic ramp closures, auxiliary lanes, interchange ramp terminal reconfigurations, channelization, etc. He developed a Benefit/Cost (B/C) ratio tool for operational strategies. Chandra also developed a Project Prioritization tool to evaluate and prioritize operational projects using a series of performance measures.

    Atlanta Regional Managed Lane Implementation Plan, GDOT, Atlanta, GA – Mr. Khare identified feasible locations for capacity-adding projects including moveable barrier lanes, dynamic shoulder lanes and new price-controlled managed lanes. He was responsible for developing a framework to prioritize the projects using a series of performance measures. He also developed a travel demand model and prepared base and future year forecasts of traffic volumes under different pricing and managed lane scenarios.

    Cape Fear Crossing Traffic, North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA), Raleigh, NCMr. Khare developed scenarios for the Cape Fear Crossing and prepared traffic forecasts for the years 2020 and 2035. The project used the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) TransCAD Travel Demand Model.

    Regional Rail Assessment, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York) and NJ Transit (New Jersey): Mr. Khare coded surveys for a feasibility study of one seat run-through trips between MTA and NJT regional rail markets. He identified all potential trip generators in the region and developed an assessment of the size of potential run-through markets. He also prepared trip tables using Cube and used SPSS and FORTRAN for survey analysis. Chandra also prepared a Survey Analysis Methodology report.

    Trans-Hudson Model 2010 Update, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), New York, NY – Mr. Khare prepared and updated base year and future year transit networks. He migrated the current New Jersey and Trans-Hudson transit routes from TransCAD 4.8 to TransCAD 6.0. He also calibrated transit path-building and assignment parameters. Chandra also prepared technical memoranda and documented network parameters, data and methods used in calibration, and validation results.

    Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Extension to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), PANYNJ, Newark, NJ – Mr. Khare developed ridership forecasts to extend the PATH rail system from its current terminus in Downtown Newark to Newark International Airport. He used an enhanced version of the North Jersey Transit Demand Forecasting Model (NJTDFM) to analyze multiple alternatives to extend PATH to the Northeast Corridor rail station or to the airport’s Central Terminal Area. Chandra also updated and calibrated the NJTDFM model to be consistent with the most recent EWR survey.

    Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex (MOM) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), New Jersey Transit (NJT), NJ – Mr. Khare evaluated potential markets and computed transportation system user benefits to extend NJT commuter rail service along three potential alignments – Red Bank, Matawan and Monmouth Junction. He applied the NJTDFM Model to develop patronage estimates, FTA New Starts evaluation measures, parking demand estimates and projected changes to automobile trips and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Chandra also developed the methodology and the forecasting results report for the project.

    Best Practices Model (BPM) Update to Base Year 2010, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), New York, NY – Mr. Khare updated transit modeling procedures in the NYMTC BPM to a new 2010 base year. He reconfigured transit park-and-ride processes to make them compatible with TransCAD path-building algorithms. He also delivered updated transit networks reflecting year 2010 transit services and fares. Chandra also conducted extensive testing of the updated TransCAD transit path-building algorithms to ensure the model was building minimum transit paths accurately.


Education & History

Education

  • S., Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, 2003
  • Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2000
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    Professional Involvement

    • 16 years, Travel Demand Modeling
    • Project Manager
    • Staff Mentor/Supervisor