USING SEASONAL AND DAY-OF-WEEK FACTORING TO IMPROVE ESTIMATES OF TRUCK VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED

Procedures developed by FHWA for "factoring" short-duration traffic counts for seasonal and day-of-week variations in traffic volumes are capable of producing estimates of annual average daily traffic (AADT) that are quite accurate. Moreover, there is virtually no bias in these estimates, so AADT estimates for a set of road sections can be used to produce unbiased estimates of total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for systems of roads. Unfortunately, corresponding procedures are not generally used for estimating AADT by vehicle class, and the less sophisticated procedures that are commonly used contribute to substantial overestimates of truck AADT and VMT. Current procedures apparently overestimate VMT by 25 to 40% for combination trucks and possibly more for single-unit trucks. Modified versions of the FHWA factoring procedure that are capable of producing substantially improved estimates of truck VMT and of AADT of combination trucks are presented. These procedures use seasonal and day-of-week factoring to reduce the errors in truck AADT estimates and to eliminate the upward bias in truck VMT estimates that result from the use of unfactored weekday classification counts.

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  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-8
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00727193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309062195
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 2 1996 12:00AM