Deep-Learning Traffic Flow Prediction for Forecasting Performance Measurement of Public Transportation Systems

In this project, the authors developed a deep learning approach for traffic flow forecasting and bus arrival time estimation in Los Angeles. First, they developed a novel Graph Convolutional Recurrent Neural Network (GCRNN) to model and forecast traffic flows at different spatial and temporal resolutions. The authors' GCRNN model considers not only the location of traffic sensors but also their relationships (i.e., topological dependency) in space, which was critical to achieving the best performance for all forecasting horizons compared to the existing methods. Next, the authors implemented a Geo-Convolution Long Short-Term Memory (Geo-Conv LSTM) framework to model bus Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) by incorporating the traffic flow predictions of their GCRNN. Using the real-world traffic sensor datasets archived in the authors' data warehouse, they showed that their proposed bus ETA model is more accurate than the existing method, Gradient Boosted Decision Tree (GBDT), by 27% in estimating bus travel time. Lastly, the authors deployed both models as web applications so that users can access traffic prediction data and check bus arrival times to a destination location from a starting point.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01741028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PSR-18-10, PSR-18-10 TO-001
  • Contract Numbers: USDOT Grant 69A3551747109 Caltrans Grant 65A0674,
  • Created Date: May 8 2020 9:46AM