Dynamic Traffic Management Amsterdam

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In recent years experiments have been conducted within the Pratical Trial Traffic Management Amsterdam with connecting and coordinating road sides systems and with the interaction with individual vehicles. Amsterdam has always been on the forefront of traffic management developments. This was confirmed with an article that was brought to our attention. This article (in Dutch) of author Joost van der Valk ('Roads' magazine, no. 9, October 1994) describes how Rijkswaterstaat applied traffic management in the region of Amsterdam.

 

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.

Flexible lane configuration for intersections

The application of flexible lane configuration for signalised intersections is sometimes beneficial for traffic delays, but sometimes not. This is the conclusion of the research conducted by Frank Anema and supported by TrafficQuest. He did his master thesis on this topic and received his MSc degree with the report entitled “Model-predictive control of the lane configuration at signalized intersections”.

 

Flexible lane configuration

At this moment there are five intersections in the Netherlands with a flexible lane configuration. This means that during a certain period of the day an extra lane is available for a busy movement on an intersection and the same lane is available for another movement during the rest of the day.

 

Impacts of traffic management (May 2015)

Since 2008 an overview exists in which the results of (almost) all assessment studies for traffic management in The Netherlands are summarised. This is an important source of knowledge related to impacts of traffic management and is useful for policy and operations. TrafficQuest has updated this overview with the latest results and it contains now the research of 190 reports. The references of these reports are given in the de reference list. As usual, the number are contained in tables, given in this overview. Both are in Dutch.

Impacts of Traffic Management 2014

Knowledge about the impacts of traffic management is useful and necessary, both for policy making as for the operations in a traffic control centre. For example on a strategic level this knowledge is used to consider and assess investment alternatives and on an operational level it is used to tune and improve traffic control scenarios. In The Netherlands a lot of attention has been paid to the evaluation of traffic management measures. Since 2008 an overview exists in which the results of all evaluation studies in The Netherlands are summarised. Recently TrafficQuest has updated this summary with the latest studies and now 180 studies are included. These studies are referenced in this list and the results are given in this overview (in Dutch).

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