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Expanding the analysis scope of a MATSim transport simulation by integrating the FEATHERS activity-based demand model

Ziemke, Dominik; Knapen, Luk; Nagel, Kai

FG Verkehrssystemplanung und Verkehrstelematik

MATSim is an agent-based transport simulation model. In contrast to a pure dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) model, MATSim can react to more choice dimensions than route choice, which is the only choice treated by a typical DTA. Simulating the mobility and activity participation of individuals during the whole day, MATSim can additionally represent mode choice, departure time choice, and other decisions and is, therefore, policy-sensitive in terms of these choice dimensions. This allows for the analysis of a wide scope of policies. MATSim can, however, not model the choice of the sequence of activity participation nor the choice of activity participation as such. Also, choices of locations are not typically part of the modeling scope. Interventions into the transport and land-use systems may, however, be substantial such that they can effect changes in behavior in terms of these choices. To allow for the assessment of such reactions, the FEATHERS activity-based demand model is coupled with MATSim. This paper explores different options of integration and describes the development steps of the integration of FEATHERS and MATSim.