Developing a Multi-resolution Traffic Simulation Platform for Integrated Active Traffic Operations Evaluation in Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan areas count for a major portion of economic activities and it is critical to maintain and improve the health of transportation systems in metropolitan areas so as to increase the economic competitiveness. Therefore it proposes the requirements for an integrated tool to synergistically address the issues of travel behaviors and travel decision-making, traffic assignment and traffic operations. This project has the following objectives: (1) develop and demonstrate the capability of the multi-resolution traffic simulation platform, MetroSim+, which can integrate AgBM, DTALite and VISSIM into one single platform for filling the gap between travel demand forecasting, transportation planning and traffic engineering activities. (2) calibrate and evaluate the modeling framework; (3) apply the modeling framework to demonstrate capability; and (4) disseminate new capabilities to practitioners. This project will demonstrate how all types of decision makers can evaluate strategic and tactical traffic management strategies in metropolitan areas (e.g., adaptive ramp metering, pricing, work zone management), and what the potential benefits of innovative traffic management strategies to mitigate traffic congestions locally or at large scale are. Thus, this project can provide a comprehensive picture for decision makers regarding traffic operations to improve the health of transportation systems in metropolitan areas.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Transportation Center @ Maryland

    1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    University of Maryland
    College Park, Maryland  United States  20742
  • Project Managers:

    Zhang, Lei

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Maryland, College Park

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1173 Glenn Martin Hall
    College Park, MD  United States  20742

    Arizona State University, Tempe

    Tempe, AZ  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhou, Xuesong

    Zhang, Lei

    Mirchandani, Pitu

  • Start Date: 20150816
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160815
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39036

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578281
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Center @ Maryland
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC30, NTC2015-MU-R-02
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2015 1:00AM