A Person-based Comparison of Transit Preferential Treatments on Signalized Arterial Corridors

The need for efficient and sustainable management of multimodal transportation systems is steadily increasing due to growing demand in urban networks that are already reaching capacity. Transit preferential treatments are promising strategies for reducing delays for transit vehicles and improving person mobility. However, the exact impact of such strategies, individually or combined, on the person carrying capacity and person delay of signalized arterial corridors are yet to be determined. The proposed research aims in developing a methodology for evaluating the impact of transit preferential treatments on the person carrying capacity and person delay of a signalized arterial corridor. Transit preferential treatments include both changes in the facility design, such as exclusive bus lanes and intermittent bus lanes, and in the signal control design, such as transit signal priority strategies. The proposed methodology will be evaluated analytically and validated through simulation on a ten-intersection signalized arterial. In addition to the methodology that will be developed, the outcomes of the proposed research are general guidelines on preferential treatments or combinations of treatments that can improve person mobility under different traffic and transit operating characteristics.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $121060.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33376

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489793
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-15
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM