Are Existing Traffic Methodologies Realistic?by Nelson B. Nuckles, Wilbur Smith Associates, Houston, United States,
Abstract: Several issues that will need to be addressed in the development of national uniform guidelines for Traffic Impact Statements (TIS) are discussed. A standard TIS preparation methodology is key to having a uniform set of guidelines for TIS's. The problems that have developed with and impacts of the current 'standard' methodologies are discussed and potential opportunities for improvement in current practices are presented. The paper discusses the impacts of several elements of collection of traffic counts, area of influence, accuracy of analysis, compliance, level of service, analysis tools, and capacity reservation.
Subject Headings: Traffic analysis | Traffic capacity | Traffic surveys | Traffic signals | Highways and roads | Streets
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