TransCAD comes in two versions, Standard (or Full TransCAD) and Base TransCAD. Base TransCAD is built from the same software as Standard TransCAD. Base TransCAD has most of the GIS capabilities of TransCAD but many fewer procedures for transportation planning and analysis. Procedures included with both versions of TransCAD include network creation, shortest path calculations, network partitioning, and the creation of network bands (isochrones). Procedures not included with Base TransCAD are all of the travel demand forecasting and routing/logistics procedures.
Planning utilities which permit importing of CTPP and PUMS files, import of TranPlan, MINUTP, emme/2, and TRIPS files are not included in Base TransCAD.
There are some additional capabilities for public transit that are part of Standard TransCAD that are not in Base TransCAD. These include transit O-D estimation, shortest path based upon schedules, and traveler information functions.
Lastly, Standard TransCAD has several advanced features for editing line layers that are not included in Maptitude or Base TransCAD. These include creation of interchanges and conflation of less accurate line layers to more accurate ones.
|Supported Data Structures||Base||Standard|
|Point, line, and area layers|
|Matrices and desire lines|
|Shortest path with turn or transfer penalties|
|Address to address shortest path|
|Multiple shortest path|
|Travel demand forecasting|
|Trip generation/production procedures|
|Trip attraction procedures|
|Trip balancing procedures|
|Trip distribution procedures|
|Mode choice analysis|
|Traffic assignment procedures including: multi-modal, multi-class, equilibrium, and dynamic equilibrium|
|Traffic assignment utilities including: screenline analysis, subarea focusing, and select link/zone analysis|
|Transit networks and paths|
|O-D matrix estimation|
|CTPP and PUMS import|
|TranPlan, MINUTP, emme/2, TRIPS, and TP+ import|
|Geographic analysis tools|
|Surface analysis tools|
|Linear referencing and strip charts|
|Basic geographic editing|
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