MICROSCOPIC TRAFFIC MODELING WITH THE FINITE DIFFERENCE METHOD

A traffic congestion forecasting model (ATOP), developed in the present investigation, is described briefly. Several macroscopic models, based on the solution of the partial differential equation of conservation of vehicles by the finite difference method were tested using actual traffic data. The functional form, as well as parameters, of the equation of state which describes the relation between traffic speed and traffic density, were determined for a section of the Long Island Expressway. The Lax method and the forward difference technique were applied. The results of extensive tests showed that the Lax method, in addition to giving very good agreement with the traffic data, produces stable solutions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Associated Universities, Incorporated
    Upton, NY  United States  11973
  • Publication Date: 1996-3-15

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00730646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BNL-61408
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1997 12:00AM