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Effective Use of Visual Traffic Simulation to Illustrate Transportation Solutions & Influence Decisions

Authors:  Ravi Ambadipudi, PE, PTOE Randy Kill, PE, PTOE Steve Thieken, PE, PTOE

The use of microscopic traffic simulation models has become more commonplace in the study of transportation problems and the development of transportation solutions. This paper discusses a case study where microscopic visual simulation was highly effective in illustrating proposed transportation solutions including comparative operation of two alternatives; operation of a roundabout under special event traffic with police officer-controlled traffic flows; and operation of a proposed high volume pedestrian crossing.

  • The Methods and Tools Used for the Visual Simulations
  • The Conditions Simulated
  • The Benefits of Simulation
  • Challenges and Lessons Learned