Improving Network Reliability via Incident Management

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Conference Contributions - Published
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University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
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Nicholson, A.
McMillan, S.
Koorey, Glen

Network reliability has become a major issue, due to increasing traffic congestion and the adverse impact on road users, especially those who have embraced the just-in-time philosophy. Traffic incidents (e.g. accidents) are a major contributor to a lack of reliability, and there is thus an increasing interest in improved incident management. This paper describes a study involving linking a microsimulation model (S-Paramics) with the SCATS traffic signal control software, to assess the benefits of adjusting traffic signal timings to mitigate the effects of incidents. While a case study indicates that the benefits of using SCATS as an incident management tool are not large, it is concluded that linking traffic signal control and microsimulation software appears to be a promising approach for developing incident management plans to improve network reliability.

Nicholson A., McMillan S., Koorey G. (2010) Improving Network Reliability via Incident Management. Lisbon, Portugal: 12th World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 Jul 2010. 13pp..
network reliability, incident management, microsimulation, adaptive signal control
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Fields of Research::40 - Engineering::4005 - Civil engineering::400512 - Transport engineering
Field of Research::12 - Built Environment and Design::1205 - Urban and Regional Planning::120506 - Transport Planning