After this course, the student is able to:
- Describe and explain the concept of traffic management in general, the role of data, the operation of a number of traffic management measures, organizational issues and the impact of the measures on traffic operations, including behavioral issues and the impact on externalities;
- Assess and discuss the state of the art in scientific literature on one of the presented traffic management approaches;
An important aspect of traffic engineering is the study of traffic flows under various conditions. Some of these conditions are directly related to network “operators” such as road layout, ramp metering and traffic lights. The course Traffic Operations deals with the theoretical concepts of traffic flow behavior and its statistical properties under different network conditions.|
Starting from the basis of traffic operations, i.e. speed, density and flow, and externalities such as air quality, GHG emission, safety, noise and equity, and further by studying temporal and spatial variations and correlations the concept of traffic management is explained. A number of specific traffic management measures is explained, including the importance of data, the impact on travel and driving behavior, and the impact on traffic operations, externalities and equity.
This course is about several traffic management measures, i.e. MTM, ramp metering, traffic information, collaborative traffic management, integrated traffic management, C-ITS, and speed management. It further covers the behavioral and organizational background for these measures to become successful, in terms of network efficiency and externalities.
The course is assessed by means of a group assignment, including a written report (35%) a group presentation and discussion (15%), individual participation in group discussions (15%) and an individual oral exam at the end of the quartile (35%).