This paper introduces the technique for measuring the quality of traffic flow on the rural highways. Contrary to the concept of Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs), the accent is on the multivariate character of traffic flow quality. In the opinion of the writer it is not reasonable to expect a single MOB or simple mathematical relationship to describe so complex a phenomenon as a traffic flow in time. Therefore, the experiment and proposed theory are demonstrated in this paper rather as a method of comprehensive observation, allowing the researcher to obtain any number of measurable traffic variables, to analyse their clustering tendencies, to form the set of patterns relevant to the topic of investigation, and to measure the similarity of observations with defined patterns. The daily variation of these measures of similarity is then reflected in the quality measure as a frequency of occurrence from which the performance of the traffic flow is derived. The ultimate use of the proposed theory and consequent technique is seen as being in the field of road policy decision-making, to supply the knowledge of how and to what extent the implemented combinations of road design elements will influence the quality of traffic flow. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented during the Institute of Transportation Engineers 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, September 23-27, 1984.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • SKUTIL, V
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 13-17

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00390594
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM