A practical method is presented for systematically evaluating the network impacts of advanced traveler information systems (ATISs) to support well-informed project decisions and well-founded funding priorities. Detailed comparative assessments of available evaluation tools are given on the basis of a common set of desirable criteria. A mesoscopic network modeling and dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) tool, namely, DYNASMART-P, was identified as a promising candidate model and was applied to the evaluation of case study scenarios in a subnetwork of the Triangle Regional Model in North Carolina. The case study involved planned work zone activities occurring during nonpeak time periods. The case study demonstrated that the DYNASMART-P DTA tool is capable of providing reasonable evaluation results, including realistic estimates of the effectiveness of ATISs in mitigating the congestion caused by work zone activities. The case study analyses further illustrated the high value of traveler information through an example benefit-cost analysis based on the scenario modeling. The simulation results were validated for reasonableness through comparison with field speed data. Finally, several potential DTA functionality enhancements are identified that will further support ATIS evaluation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering