Collective assessments of active traffic management strategies in an extensive microsimulation testbed
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Regarding the daily congestions on the transportation networks, fresh Active Traffic Management (ATM) policies (including an innovative combination of existing ones) could be considered a potential and affordable solution to improve traffic network performance. Any fresh idea needs to be carefully evaluated before real-world deployment to avoid potential risks on the budget and time. And microsimulation approaches have been considered a custom and dependable method for evaluating traffic improvement scenarios in recent decades. Considering available tools in traffic microsimulation software, developing a large-scale well-calibrated model complying with real-world circumstances to some acceptable levels could be challenging and time-consuming, requiring taking some initiatives. This study includes the development of a 34 miles roadway network consisting of 41 signalized intersections in VISSIM software, probing to well-fitting ATM policies and potential combinations of them, and evaluating their deployment through VSSIM's COM interface.
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