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Transportation modeling/analysis software question


Being that I'm currently unemployed and dedicating more time to professional development, I'm wondering what multi-modal transportation modeling software is most valuable to learn for the private sector. In my public sector roles I was one of the few planners who did roadway renderings with Illustrator, SketchUp and Microstation without the help of consultants, but I know private planning/engineering firms want more network modeling and analysis experience as well.

I've started learning Vissim which seems comprehensive for modeling traffic, pedestrians & public transportation, though there's a steep learning curve. It also seems a lot of international firms want Cube experience - there's a 30 day trial and training session available for $500 I'm considering. Any other software advice (especially if there are free trials available) is much appreciated.