VLC were sub-contracted by Jacobs to work with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to update the Townsville Strategic Transport Model (TSTM) in the Regional Focussed Model Development (RFMD) framework.

Client requirements

The outputs of the updated TSTM were to be used to inform the development of a mesoscopic model for the region to be used for detailed operational planning and network optimisation.


The TSTM base year was updated to 2021 from 2011, including a new set of trip generation parameters based on a 2019-2020 household travel survey, re-estimation of trip distribution and mode choice parameters, and traffic validation based on traffic counts and travel times. Future year scenarios were developed with demographics projections and future road projects provided by TMR.