A multi-hierarchical strategy for on-ramp coordination

Jiang, Rui, Lee, Jinwoo (Brian), & Chung, Edward (2015) A multi-hierarchical strategy for on-ramp coordination. International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, 15(1), pp. 50-62.

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Abstract

Ramp metering (RM) is an access control for motorways, in which a traffic signal is placed at on-ramps to regulate the rate of vehicles entering the motorway and thus to preserve the motorway capacity. In general, RM algorithms fall into two categories by their effective scope: local control and coordinated control. Local control algorithm determines the metering rate based on the traffic condition on adjacent motorway mainline and the on-ramp. Conversely, coordinated RM strategies make use of measurements from the entire motorway network to operate individual ramp signals for optimal performance at the network level. This study proposes a multi-hierarchical strategy for on-ramp coordination. The strategy is structured in two layers. At the higher layer, a centralised, predictive controller plans the coordination control within a long update interval based on the location of high-risk breakdown flow. At the lower layer, reactive controllers determine the metering rates of those ramps involved in the ramp coordination with a short update interval. This strategy is modelled and applied to the northbound model of the Pacific Motorway in a micro-simulation platform (AIMSUN). The simulation results show that the proposed strategy effectively delays the onset of congestion and reduces total congestion with better managed on-ramp queues.

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ID Code: 91364
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ramp metering, Ramp coordination, Micro-simulation
DOI: 10.1007/s13177-015-0120-9
ISSN: 1348-8503
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Smart Transport Research Centre
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2015 23:44
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 01:12

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