b'Forecasting Tools in a Time of Uncertainty and DisruptionConclusionStrategic models occupy a unique niche within the large array of modeling tools. These models offer practitioners at state, regional, or local levels planning capabilities that are normally inaccessible or only possible with significant effort, investment, and expertise. Strategic models can also quickly and cost-effectively cover multiple policy inputs and community outcomes.The ability of strategic models to flexibly and quickly run hundreds of scenarios makes them ideal for exploring uncertainty in the planning process. They can help quantify the impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies, or unexpected shocks to the system such as the COVID-19 pandemic, that have short- and long-term travel implications. They are a good fit for metropolitan and statewide long-range plans.Practitioners can employ strategic models as a stand-alone tool or as a complement to other types of modeling. They can help define areas of interest for further research and exploration. Moreover, integrating strategic models with existing tools and planning processes will enhance the ability of users to explore the effects of changes in pricing policies, new modes, investments in the supply of vehicular or transit infrastructure, and demographics for years to come. Visit rsginc.com/strategicmodels to discover how strategic models can help your organization plan for change.102020 RSG'