A Practical Way of Using the 1985 HCM - Signalized Intersection Methods

by Dennis W. Strong, Strong Concepts, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


The signalized intersection chapter of the 1985 Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) is probably the most widely used chapter, and thereby the most significant, and yet is very complex and sometimes difficult to understand and apply in the real world. A method for pragmatic interpretation and application of this chapter is of paramount importance. Techniques have been developed to circumvent these problems and to extend the methods of Chapter 9 for more useful applications. These are the subject of this paper. These techniques have been implemented in a microcomputer program, SIGNAL85/TEAPAC2, which is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Traffic signals | Intersections | Traffic capacity | Traffic analysis | Traffic surveys | Computer software | Streets | Computer analysis

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