In recent years micro-simulation has become increasingly important in transportation system modeling. A potential issue is whether these models adequately represent reality and whether enough data exists with which to calibrate these models. Fortunately, over the last ten years there has been a rapid deployment of ITS technologies in most urban areas of North America. While the ITS are developed primarily for real-time traffic operations, the data are typically archived and available for traffic micro-simulation calibration. This paper presents a methodology, which uses ITS data to calibrate microsimulation models and is based on the sequential simplex algorithm. The test bed is a 23 kilometer section of Interstate 10 in Houston, Texas. Two micro-simulation models (CORSIM and TRANSIMS) were calibrated for two different demand matrices, and three different time periods (AM Peak, PM Peak, and Off-Peak). It was found for the AM Peak that the simplex algorithm had better results then either the default values or a simple, manual calibration. As the level of congestion decreased, the effectiveness of the simplex approach also decreased as compared to standard techniques

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication Date: 2003. Transportation Research Board, Washington DC. Remarks: Paper prepared for presentation at the 82nd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2003. Format: CD ROM
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Richmond Field Station, 1357 South 46th Street
    Richmond, CA  United States  94804-4648

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    University of California, Berkeley

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720
  • Authors:
    • Kim, Kyu-Ok
    • Rilett, L R
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2003


  • English

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  • Pagination: 24 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00962492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM