- The economic model predicts employment by type of industry and the number of households by demographic category.
- The travel model predicts travel activity levels by mode (bus, rail, car, walk or bike) and road segment, and it estimates travel times between transportation analysis zones (TAZ) by time of day. It also produces a measure of the cost perceived by travelers in getting from any one TAZ to any other.
- The residential real estate location model predicts the locations of households.
- The non-residential real estate location model predicts the locations of employment. Both real estate models measure the amount of land consumed by development, the amount of built space produced and prices of land and built space by zone in each time period.
The GIS database and tools contain land and development data and maintain the spatial relationships between data elements. They also map data between different zone systems.
The documentation includes a model overview, purpose, schematic, interactions between models and the land data, strengths and weaknesses of MetroScope and appendices:
A. Land data used by MetroScope
B. How Metro determines vacant land
C. How land data are processed in MetroScope
D. Residential model equations and parameter estimates
E. Nonresidential model equations and parameter estimates
F. Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area regional economic model