Traffic assignment and simulation models
In the Netherlands traffic models are often used to determine the impacts of measures aiming at improving traffic flow operations. These measures can vary from new infrastructure and traffic management to demand management and can have goals related to accessibility, but also to safety or liveability. For the different applications traffic models of various different kinds are available. From models that assign traffic flows in the whole of the Netherlands in 2040 to models that simulate the interaction between vehicles on a stretch of road for the next second. The state-of-the-art report "Traffic assignment and simulation models" tries to introduce structure, using the well-know TrafficQuestions are used: What are we talking about? What is the State-of-the-Practice in the Netherlands and other countries? What is the benefit? What are developments and is the perspective for the future? The report does not pretend to be complete and if something is missing or is not stated correctly, please contact us.
Policy note ITS and urban traffic management
The CIVITAS initiative was launched in 2002 and its aim is to support cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. Transport telematics is one of its research areas and work in this area of CIVITAS has led to the publication of a policy note on ITS and urban traffic management. TrafficQuest was involved in the discussion of what this note had to address. The policy note provides information and guidance to help municipalities select sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient ITS and traffic management measures in order to meet European, national and local goals. It is a step-by-step guide that starts with the positioning of ITS and traffic management in the urban mobility context and then provides a structured approach to selection of services and measures. In addition to this guide the note also provides a measure catalogue offering measure descriptions, benefits and possible barriers, as well as insights on expected future developments and practical examples of measures implemented in cities.
National Traffic Congress 2015
Thursday November 5th, 2015 the Dutch National Traffic Congress was organised in Zwolle. The theme of this year was 'Dare to choose' and this theme and the choices which are relevant today were discussed with a panel. After the attendees could choose from parallel sessions in which 21 papers were presented and discussed. TrafficQuest presented a paper on "The effects of automatic driving on traffic flow and traffic management". Besides that a discussion paper on urban traffic management and the initiative to come to a platform on urban traffic management was brought to the attention of the public.
Study tour Austria-Switzerland
From May 31st to June 5th, 2015 members of TrafficQuest (the Centre for Expertise on TrafficManagement) visited Austria and Switzerland for a study tour to learn how regions and cities dealt with (urban) traffic management and to see how these approaches could be used for the Dutch situation. The main question for this study tour was: How should the regions and cities handle the growth in traffic flows, both in normal situations and in situations where something special is going on? To answer this question, in five days four organisations that are busy with traffic management were visited in Austria and Switzerland: road authorities, manufacturer and a knowledge institute. The document "Study tour Austria – Switzerland: May 31 – June 5, 2015" contains a report of this trip and the lessons learned.