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The effect of multi-combination freight vehicles in urban traffic

Lake, Maree, Ferreira, Luis, & Stewart, David (2002) The effect of multi-combination freight vehicles in urban traffic. In Sucharov, L. & Brebbia, C. A. (Eds.) Urban Transport and the Environment VIII. Wessex Institute of Technology, pp. 233-244.

Abstract

The use of heavy vehicles that are capable of carrying increased loads has continued to increase rapidly. Such vehicles, such as B-Doubles, Road-Trains and other large sized vehicles, are termed here as Multi-Combination Vehicles (MCV). Significant economic benefits result from the use of such innovative vehicles, which are able to carry up to twice the payload of standard semi-trailers. Those benefits, however, need to be traded-off against the potentially negative impacts on other road users, such as additional delays in urban areas. The research detailed here will deliver an increased understanding of some of those impacts by investigating models which can be used to estimate delays to other road users. Preliminary results from adding small numbers of MCV for a freeway section and an intersection demonstrated a significant adverse impact on the performance of the network. These results imply higher passenger car equivalent values than those commonly used for MCV. Further research is being conducted, including calibrating the input parameters and performing the same network simulations on other microsimulation packages to compare the results.

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ID Code: 2389
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: l.ferreira@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: freight vehilcles, urban traffic models, transport modelling
ISBN: 1853129054
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 2002 Wessex Institute of Technology
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:28

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