Integration of signal timing estimation model and dynamic traffic assignment in feedback loops: System design and case study

Milan Zlatkovic, Xuesong Zhou

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Abstract

Summary This paper presents an integrated framework for effective coupling of a signal timing estimation model and dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) in feedback loops. There are many challenges in effectively integrating signal timing tools with DTA software systems, such as data availability, exchange format, and system coupling. In this research, a tight coupling between a DTA model with various queue-based simulation models and a quick estimation method Excel-based signal control tool is achieved and tested. The presented framework design offers an automated solution for providing realistic signal timing parameters and intersection movement capacity allocation, especially for future year scenarios. The framework was used to design an open-source data hub for multi-resolution modeling in analysis, modeling and simulation applications, in which a typical regional planning model can be quickly converted to microscopic traffic simulation and signal optimization models. The coupling design and feedback loops are first demonstrated on a simple network, and we examine the theoretically important questions on the number of iterations required for reaching stable solutions in feedback loops. As shown in our experiment, the current coupled application becomes stable after about 30 iterations, when the capacity and signal timing parameters can quickly converge, while DTA's route switching model predominately determines and typically requires more iterations to reach a stable condition. A real-world work zone case study illustrates how this application can be used to assess impacts of road construction or traffic incident events that disrupt normal traffic operations and cause route switching on multiple analysis levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-699
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Advanced Transportation
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • analysis
  • dynamic traffic assignment
  • modeling and simulation
  • open-source data hub
  • quick estimation method
  • signal timing estimation
  • system coupling
  • work zone analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Automotive Engineering

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