COORDINATING TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION

The delay suffered by traffic in an urban area can be reduced by coordinating adjacent signals on fixed time plans. Plans that minimize delay may be delivered by an offline optimization method such as transyt. This method can be extended to predict the fuel consumed within a network of signals as a function of the distance traveled, the total delay time and the number of stops. The calibration and use of transyt to minimize fuel consumption is described. Transyt predicts that, in central urban areas, a saving in delay that reduces journey times by, say, 10 per cent is likely to save from 6 to 8 per cent of the fuel consumed. Transyt has also been used to derive fixed time plans that minimize fuel consumption rather than delay. (crown copyright 1980). When tested in Glasgow, an additional fuel saving of about 3 per cent was both measured and predicted. This fuel saving is estimated to be worth 75,000 pounds sterling per annum within the network of 91 signals in central Glasgow.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory

    Old Wokingham Road
    Crowthorne RG11 6AU, Berkshire,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00321287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Files: TSR, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1982 12:00AM