An attempt has been made to explore the differences and the similarities in traffic characteristics among various metropolitan areas using a large observational data base. The results show that speed distribution functions, including the percent of time stopped and average speed are traffic attributes that are useful in characterizing traffic on various roadways. In terms of the average speed and the percent of time stopped the character of the traffic in several metropolitan areas has been compared and found to be different, although the levels of acceleration used by drivers are similar. Based on information on average speeds, the extent to which "traffic quality" might affect fuel consumption in different metropolitan areas has been estimated.

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    Operations Research Society of America

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Chang, M F
    • Herman, R
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

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  • Accession Number: 00188896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM