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Establishment of a prototype dta-based universal transport model for the cyprus public works dept. And the city of volos

A prototype dynamic traffic assignment (dta) model will be implemented in the cities of nicosia, cyprus and volos, greece. Several modules will be developed such as transport planning, incident management, transit analysis and others.

The main objective of this proposal is the development of a prototype Universal Transportation Model (UTM) for the City of Nicosia, CYPRUS and the City of Volos, GREECE that will be based on a Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) model. The main sub-objectives are: 1) Development of a set of modules to support transportation planning and traffic operations analyses taking into consideration the traffic flow dynamics, and 2) Development of a data warehouse model for each of the corresponding UTM models. The Visual Interactive System for Transport Algorithms (VISTA) software will be used to develop the prototype UTM model for the two cities. The VISTA system includes one of the most advanced DTA models developed to date, vehicle routing algorithms and features both mesoscopic and microscopic traffic simulators. The proposed prototype UTM will be implemented in parallel in the cities of Nicosia and Volos to demonstrate the existing capabilities of the VISTA software and develop custom modules that are of interest for both cities. The transport planners and engineers of the Cyprus Public Works Department (CYPWD) and the City of Volos (CVolos) will provide input to the research team on the proposed modules and the corresponding analyses for the Cities of Nicosia and Volos, respectively. The main modules that will be developed specifically for the Nicosia and Volos transportation networks are: 1) A benefit analysis module to evaluate infrastructure improvements; 2) An incident/emergency management analysis; 3) A traffic impact analysis - A special traffic impact analysis module will be developed that will address the impact of major catastrophic events such as: flooding; quarantine of an area due to terrorist threats, virus, chemical spills, etc. 4) A signal timing analysis module to evaluate changes in signal timing, 5) Bus analysis module to evaluate bus routes, bus stop locations, bus frequency. The main Measures Of Effectiveness (MOEs) for the specific part of the transportation network (network-wide, sub-area, Origin-Destination (OD), specific path, link, turning movement) and time period of interest that will be generated automatically for each module include: Travel time/Speed distribution, Traffic flow characteristics (cars, trucks, buses, people), Air quality (CO, NOx, HC) and fuel efficiency estimates. The main steps to be followed for development of the CYPWD-UTM prototype are: 1) Data gathering a) Network characteristics identification (GIS (Geographical Information System), roadway geometry), b) Traffic control (signal timing, speed limit, two-way/four-way stops, yield signs, turning restrictions), c) Traffic flow characteristics (OD matrices (cars, trucks), link traffic counts, link/path travel times (or speeds)); 2) Estimation of the Dynamic OD matrix using VISTA's OD estimation module; 3) Model calibration using the observed traffic counts, any historical travel time/speed data; 4) Module development; 5) Final Report; 6) Training of the CYPWD and CVolos transport engineers and planners on the use of the UTM model. Keywords: traffic assignment, transport planning, ITS (Information Technology System).
Acronym: 
UMT-CYPWD-CVOLOS
Project ID: 
3 797
Start date: 
01-06-2006
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
150 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Traffic Engineering / Control Systems
Market Area: 
Other Transportation

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