Modeling traffic output for design of dynamic multi-cycle control in congested conditions

Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, Chen Hui, Rahim F. Benekohal

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Accurate estimates of intermediate signal traffic output is necessary for designing meaningful multi-cycle intelligent or dynamic signal control in congested conditions. Models are presented that capture traffic output of intersections in congested interrupted flow conditions with explicit consideration of interactions, over space and time, between traffic streams at successive signals. Three unique operational characteristics along with their interactions were found to characterize distinct traffic flow regimes and determine system output. Models to predict the formation and intensity of these operational characteristics and the corresponding flow regimes were derived. Results demonstrate that an accurate representation of these regimes provides critical information for subsequent control steps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Congestion
  • Dynamic control
  • Intelligent control
  • Traffic output
  • Traffic signals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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