Microcomputer Tools for Small Area Planning Analysis

by G. Scott Ferguson, Wilbur Smith Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


A microcomputer software concept is presented which integrates the traffic engineering and planning functions of traffic impact studies. A collection of suggested ideas for better integration and improved features is presented. The concept for traffic impact software includes: graphic interfaces for coding networks, graphic quality turning movement diagrams, and database management features. Calculation modules include a variety of analytical tools: unsignalized and signalized intersection analyses (planning as well as operations and design calculations), traffic signal warrants, traffic count summaries, o/d matrix estimation models, turning movement estimation models, and queuing models for designing turning storage lanes. Guidelines are also presented pointing to the trade-offs between regional models and site-impact models.

Subject Headings: Traffic signals | Decision support systems | Computer analysis | Traffic analysis | Traffic models | Computer software | Computer models | Traffic surveys

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