Management of competing demands on urban freight corridors

Ramsay, Euan D. & Bunker, Jonathan M. (2007) Management of competing demands on urban freight corridors. Road and Transport Research: a journal of Australian and New Zealand research and practice, 16(3), pp. 3-15.


This paper compares the performance under various scenarios of an urban traffic corridor section subjected to a range of vehicle types. A micro-simulation-based model of the corridor was developed from first principles to stochastically assign characteristics and headways for each vehicle and then to track each vehicle as it moved along the corridor. Kinematic behaviour of the different vehicle types (ranging from passenger cars through to B-doubles) were obtained from GPS data collected during a series of chase car surveys on an urban arterial freight route in suburban Brisbane. Corridor performance was reported in terms of intersection capacity and delays as well as travel speeds and stop rates for each vehicle type. The performance of the corridor was found to be sensitive to traffic control measures including the speed limit and traffic signal controller settings such as cycle time and progression design speed. A range of freight policy scenarios were examined, including the effects of increasing freight volumes, choice of freight vehicles used, and vehicle type-specific lane restrictions. Some policies having the potential to improve corridor traffic performance and freight efficiency were able to be identified.

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ID Code: 10672
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Signalised intersection, coordination, microsimulation, progression, heavy vehicle, B, double
ISSN: 1037-5783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 ARRB Group Ltd
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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