Coordinating for priority on urban arterial freight routes

Ramsay, Euan D. & Bunker, Jonathan M. (2005) Coordinating for priority on urban arterial freight routes. In Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management National Conference, 28 - 29 July, Brisbane, QLD.


Demands of freight and passenger traffic are often considered to be in competition, particularly on designated urban freight routes that use major arterial signalised traffic corridors. A microsimulation model of an urban traffic corridor in Brisbane was developed in order for corridor performance to be evaluated for alternative priority treatments. The model was calibrated with GPS travel time and trajectory data for a range of vehicle classes typical of those found on Australian urban freight routes. Intersection status was recorded simultaneously by the STREAMS traffic management system, enabling the progression of different vehicle classes to be validated under existing signal timing plans. The model can be applied to the optimisation of corridor signal timings. Unlike other models, it was possible to define vehicle-specific performance measures, such as delay, number of stops, and a combination of these. The model can be used to find the best combination of signal timings to favour the progression of particular vehicle classes, such as large freight vehicles. The effects on other vehicle classes can be noted; finding that, although being suboptimal for other classes, it may be possible to achieve some overall gains in traffic efficiency.

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ID Code: 1992
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Heavy vehicle, B, double, Signalised intersection, Coordination, Progression
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 AITPM
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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