Traffic Analysis Toolbox

This article describes guidelines released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that are designed to help analysts improve modeling to reduce traffic congestion and to improve safety. With the first three volumes already available online, and the remaining volumes due in early 2005, FHWA is providing the leadership and training to help traffic managers use these tools and concepts to improve the Nation’s highway system. The author describes the development of the guidelines, the team that was assembled to create the guidelines, and the details of each of the first three volumes already released. Volume I is a primer that provides a user-friendly, high-level overview of the types of analysis tools that transportation practitioners can use to model traffic flow. Volume II builds on the principles and advice in the primer, providing users with a process for selecting the most effective traffic analysis tool for planning design and operational improvements. Volume III, Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software, provides a recommended process for using traffic simulation software in transportation analyses. Volume IV, CORSIM Application Guidelines, and Volume V, Traffic Analysis Tools Case Studies and Best Practices, are due out in 2005. The article also describes one case in which a state (Minnesota) has used the guidelines to improve their own customized product simulation.


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  • Accession Number: 01001104
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2005 1:16PM