Highway-rail intersections are unique in the sense that trains always have right of way at these intersections. The increase in travel demand in urban areas with active railway lines makes these grade crossing intersections potential traffic hot spots, where bottlenecks can very easily arise, disrupting traffic operations and spilling back to impede smooth traffic flow in surrounding areas as well. This paper suggests the deployment of a dynamic and preferably real-time route guidance infrastructure, using traveler information systems such as Variable Message Signs (VMS). The proposed system is used to advise travelers of alternate routes to their destinations in the event that their original routes entail excessive delays due to the passage of trains and subsequent closure of grade crossings. Microscopic simulation using CORSIM is used to demonstrate the feasibility of this framework by examining its impact on average system-wide origin to destination travel times. Multiple cases are examined, corresponding to various levels of information that could be used to drive the dynamic route guidance system and an ideal level of information is recommended. An additional case considers a scenario where selected intersections are controlled in real-time using RHODES (Real-time Hierarchical, Optimized, Distributed and Effective System), a traffic adaptive signal control system developed at the University of Arizona. The cases considered are one-time deployments only and a study of traffic equilibrium was not included. Simulation results indicate that the availability of complete information about train crossing times in conjunction with adaptive intersection signal control using RHODES yields maximum reduction in average vehicle O-D travel times

  • 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:
    • Mirchandani, Pitu B
    • Ramesh, Sharad
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2003


  • English

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  • Pagination: 15 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00962509
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM