Policy note ITS and urban traffic management
The CIVITAS initiative was launched in 2002 and its aim is to support cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. Transport telematics is one of its research areas and work in this area of CIVITAS has led to the publication of a policy note on ITS and urban traffic management. TrafficQuest was involved in the discussion of what this note had to address. The policy note provides information and guidance to help municipalities select sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient ITS and traffic management measures in order to meet European, national and local goals. It is a step-by-step guide that starts with the positioning of ITS and traffic management in the urban mobility context and then provides a structured approach to selection of services and measures. In addition to this guide the note also provides a measure catalogue offering measure descriptions, benefits and possible barriers, as well as insights on expected future developments and practical examples of measures implemented in cities.
National Traffic Congress 2015
Thursday November 5th, 2015 the Dutch National Traffic Congress was organised in Zwolle. The theme of this year was 'Dare to choose' and this theme and the choices which are relevant today were discussed with a panel. After the attendees could choose from parallel sessions in which 21 papers were presented and discussed. TrafficQuest presented a paper on "The effects of automatic driving on traffic flow and traffic management". Besides that a discussion paper on urban traffic management and the initiative to come to a platform on urban traffic management was brought to the attention of the public.
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 configurationAt 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.