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Type: Conference paper
Title: Microsimulation modelling of traffic flow on two-way two-lane rural roads: past, present and future
Author: Fry, J.
Taylor, M.
Woolley, J.
Citation: Proceedings of the 21st ARRB and 11th REAAA conference, Cairns, 18-23 May 2003 [electronic resource] : transport : our highway to a sustainable future.
Publisher: CD-ROM
Issue Date: 2003
Conference Name: Australian Road Research Board Conference (21st : 2003 : Cairns, Qld.)
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J.C. Fry, M.A.P. Taylor and J.E. Woolley
Abstract: This paper describes how two-way, two-lane roads provide the backbone of the nation's road system in regional Australia and the will continue do so for the foreseeable future. Whilst some aspects of the traffic operations of two-way, two-lane roads are reasonably well understood, there are new factors that have not been subject to intensive study. These include the growing use in volume and spatial coverage of large combination vehicles such as b-doubles. This paper describes research at the Transport Systems Centre in collaboration with Quadstone, the developers of Paramics, to devise a rural two-way, two-lane road simulation module and incorporate it in Paramics. This module allows for high-speed traffic operation with limited overtaking in the face of restricted sight distance or oncoming traffic. It also considers vehicle performance on gradients, including a range of different vehicle types. This research uses the outcomes of previous studies as the basis of the new model, along with collection of new data from rural roads in South Australia. The paper describes applications of the new model to freight vehicle performance on rural roads and of the effects of large vehicle (b-doubles) in rural traffic streams and their interactions with other vehicles. Further developments of the overall model to consider multi-modal transport systems, e.g. the balance between road and rail-based freight transport are outlined.
Keywords: Applications; High speed ground transportation; Microsimulation; Operations; Rural highways; Traffic control; Traffic flow; Two lane highways
RMID: 0020065477
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