Traffic Analysis and Simulation

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 1142
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Aug 24, 2006
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2019
Solicitation Expires: Mar 31, 2008
Partners: AL, CA, CO, FL, LA, MDOT SHA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, VA, WA, WI
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2007
Commitment End Year: 2019
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $600,000.00
Commitments Received: $1,490,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): James Colyar
james.colyar@fhwa.dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): James Colyar
james.colyar@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3282
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
California Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Diane Jacobs Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Diane Jacobs Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 David Reeves David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2016 $35,000.00 Jody Colvin Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2019 $35,000.00 Jody Colvin Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2016 $35,000.00 Carole Delion Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $105,000.00 Carole Delion Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Jason Firman Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Jason Firman Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2008 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2009 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2010 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2011 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2016 $50,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
New Jersey Department of Transportation $0.00
New York State Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Uchenna Madu Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 Uchenna Madu Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2009 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2010 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Virginia Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Sanhita Lahiri Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2010 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Background

As congestion grows on our nation's roadways, increasing pressure is put on transportation professionals to find more innovative and efficient transportation solutions. Transportation professionals use traffic analysis tools to find the best transportation solutions for their region. However, as our transportation solutions become more sophisticated and complex, so do our traffic analysis tools. As a result, many public agencies are facing new and difficult issues regarding the usage of traffic analysis and simulation tools for transportation decision-making. Rather than have each public agency address these challenges and issues separately, agencies could tackle these issues in a collective and comprehensive manner through the Pooled Fund Study (PFS) process.

The Traffic Analysis and Simulation (TAS) PFS is intended to serve as a forum and provide an opportunity for the participants to identify, address, and collectively take on the key issues and challenges that are common among public agencies in conducting, managing, and/or approving traffic analysis and simulation studies. The TAS PFS will address key technical and programmatic traffic analysis issues through the investigation and development of best practices, lessons learned, and recommended guidelines or methodologies. The TAS PFS will also provide an opportunity to facilitate the interaction, sharing of information, and exchange of knowledge with a broader audience to advance and improve upon the current state-of-the-practice related to the usage, management, and/or approval of traffic analysis and simulation tools.

Objectives

The goal of this study is to improve the state-of-the-practice in traffic analysis and simulation so public agencies can make the best possible transportation investment decisions based upon high-quality traffic analyses. The objectives of this study are to assemble regional, State, and local agencies, and FHWA to: 1) identify challenges and issues common among those responsible for conducting, managing, and/or approving traffic analysis and simulation studies; 2) suggest approaches to addressing identified issues; 3) initiate and monitor projects intended to address identified challenges and issues; 4) provide guidance and recommendations and disseminate results; 5) provide leadership and coordinate with other agencies, groups, or forums interested in traffic analysis and simulation; and 6) promote and facilitate technology transfer related to traffic analysis and simulation issues nationally.

Scope of Work

The exact nature and scope of the studies will be determined through consensus of the participating agencies. However, a number of study themes are possible, as identified below.

Innovative and Unique Traffic Analysis Applications--Investigate innovative or unique applications of traffic analysis tools to analyze today¿s complex transportation solutions. Studies could develop and report on methodologies, best practices, lessons learned, and guidance for using traffic analysis and simulation to evaluate the following innovative or unique applications:

o High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane projects.

o Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) strategies.

o Integrated and multi-modal corridor projects.

o Adverse weather conditions.

o Work zone projects.

o System-wide impacts of roundabout projects.

o Use of simulation in support of a Safety Assessment.

Application of Traffic Analysis--Many agencies are addressing new issues regarding the usage of traffic analysis and simulation in the project review and approval process. While the FHWA Traffic Analysis Toolbox (http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficanalysistools/toolbox.htm) gives broad guidance on the selection of tools and application of traffic analysis tools, participating agencies may benefit from surveying the practices of peer public agencies and developing best practices at a more detailed level on areas such as:

o Developing and defining the scope of work for a traffic analysis using simulation.

o Determining logical traffic analysis network termini points.

o Data collection to support traffic analysis.

o Calibration issues and approaches for traffic analysis.

o Compiling summary statistics and usage of multiple runs for traffic simulation analysis.

o Usage of performance measures from traffic analysis output to support agency decision-making.

o Traffic analysis and simulation reviews and quality assurance from agency reviewers¿ standpoint.

o Usage of traffic simulation animation and output to support decision-making.

o Implications of using select Measures of Effectiveness when conducting an analysis of a specific operations deficiency

Fundamental Issues in Traffic Analysis and Simulation--There are fundamental issues that often do not have a straight-forward answer or approach when using traffic analysis and simulation tools. These issues often arise in even the most basic project analysis. Studies could develop and report on methodologies, best practices, lessons learned, and guidance for dealing with these fundamental issues:

o Using data from regional planning models and/or preparing data for use in a microsimulation/traffic analysis.

o Signal coordination issues in traffic analysis and simulation.

o Impacts of unusual or substandard geometrics (e.g., tight turning radii, short acceleration/deceleration lanes, narrow lanes) on traffic simulation analysis.

o Identifying bottleneck points in congested networks using traffic simulation.

o Quantifying performance measures in congested networks using traffic analysis.

o Networks realizing saturated conditions for extended periods of time.

Comments

Desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year for each agency. However, desired level of commitment may vary, based on size and type of agency (e.g., county and city). Desired minimum level of contribution is $20,000 per year per agency.

No document attached.

Traffic Analysis and Simulation

General Information
Solicitation Number: 1142
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Aug 24, 2006
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2019
Solicitation Expires: Mar 31, 2008
Partners: AL, CA, CO, FL, LA, MDOT SHA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, VA, WA, WI
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2007
Commitment End Year: 2019
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $600,000.00
Commitments Received: $1,490,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): James Colyar
james.colyar@fhwa.dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): James Colyar
james.colyar@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3282
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2007 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2008 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2009 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2010 $25,000.00 John Lorentson Jeff Brown 334-353-6941 brownje@dot.state.al.us
California Department of Transportation 2018 $25,000.00 Diane Jacobs Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $25,000.00 Diane Jacobs Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 David Reeves David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2007 $50,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Alan El-Urfali Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2016 $35,000.00 Jody Colvin Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2019 $35,000.00 Jody Colvin Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2016 $35,000.00 Carole Delion Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $105,000.00 Carole Delion Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Jason Firman Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Jason Firman Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2008 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2009 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2010 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2011 $15,000.00 Ashley Reinkemeyer Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2008 $20,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2016 $50,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2017 $25,000.00 Hoang Hong Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Uchenna Madu Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 Uchenna Madu Wes Yang 518-457-4660 wes.yang@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2018 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $35,000.00 James Dunlop Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2009 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2010 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2016 $50,000.00 Dirk Gross General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Virginia Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Sanhita Lahiri Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2008 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2010 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $35,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2017 $35,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2019 $10,000.00 Vicki Haskell Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Background

As congestion grows on our nation's roadways, increasing pressure is put on transportation professionals to find more innovative and efficient transportation solutions. Transportation professionals use traffic analysis tools to find the best transportation solutions for their region. However, as our transportation solutions become more sophisticated and complex, so do our traffic analysis tools. As a result, many public agencies are facing new and difficult issues regarding the usage of traffic analysis and simulation tools for transportation decision-making. Rather than have each public agency address these challenges and issues separately, agencies could tackle these issues in a collective and comprehensive manner through the Pooled Fund Study (PFS) process.

The Traffic Analysis and Simulation (TAS) PFS is intended to serve as a forum and provide an opportunity for the participants to identify, address, and collectively take on the key issues and challenges that are common among public agencies in conducting, managing, and/or approving traffic analysis and simulation studies. The TAS PFS will address key technical and programmatic traffic analysis issues through the investigation and development of best practices, lessons learned, and recommended guidelines or methodologies. The TAS PFS will also provide an opportunity to facilitate the interaction, sharing of information, and exchange of knowledge with a broader audience to advance and improve upon the current state-of-the-practice related to the usage, management, and/or approval of traffic analysis and simulation tools.

Objectives

The goal of this study is to improve the state-of-the-practice in traffic analysis and simulation so public agencies can make the best possible transportation investment decisions based upon high-quality traffic analyses. The objectives of this study are to assemble regional, State, and local agencies, and FHWA to: 1) identify challenges and issues common among those responsible for conducting, managing, and/or approving traffic analysis and simulation studies; 2) suggest approaches to addressing identified issues; 3) initiate and monitor projects intended to address identified challenges and issues; 4) provide guidance and recommendations and disseminate results; 5) provide leadership and coordinate with other agencies, groups, or forums interested in traffic analysis and simulation; and 6) promote and facilitate technology transfer related to traffic analysis and simulation issues nationally.

Scope of Work

The exact nature and scope of the studies will be determined through consensus of the participating agencies. However, a number of study themes are possible, as identified below.

Innovative and Unique Traffic Analysis Applications--Investigate innovative or unique applications of traffic analysis tools to analyze today¿s complex transportation solutions. Studies could develop and report on methodologies, best practices, lessons learned, and guidance for using traffic analysis and simulation to evaluate the following innovative or unique applications:

o High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane projects.

o Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) strategies.

o Integrated and multi-modal corridor projects.

o Adverse weather conditions.

o Work zone projects.

o System-wide impacts of roundabout projects.

o Use of simulation in support of a Safety Assessment.

Application of Traffic Analysis--Many agencies are addressing new issues regarding the usage of traffic analysis and simulation in the project review and approval process. While the FHWA Traffic Analysis Toolbox (http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficanalysistools/toolbox.htm) gives broad guidance on the selection of tools and application of traffic analysis tools, participating agencies may benefit from surveying the practices of peer public agencies and developing best practices at a more detailed level on areas such as:

o Developing and defining the scope of work for a traffic analysis using simulation.

o Determining logical traffic analysis network termini points.

o Data collection to support traffic analysis.

o Calibration issues and approaches for traffic analysis.

o Compiling summary statistics and usage of multiple runs for traffic simulation analysis.

o Usage of performance measures from traffic analysis output to support agency decision-making.

o Traffic analysis and simulation reviews and quality assurance from agency reviewers¿ standpoint.

o Usage of traffic simulation animation and output to support decision-making.

o Implications of using select Measures of Effectiveness when conducting an analysis of a specific operations deficiency

Fundamental Issues in Traffic Analysis and Simulation--There are fundamental issues that often do not have a straight-forward answer or approach when using traffic analysis and simulation tools. These issues often arise in even the most basic project analysis. Studies could develop and report on methodologies, best practices, lessons learned, and guidance for dealing with these fundamental issues:

o Using data from regional planning models and/or preparing data for use in a microsimulation/traffic analysis.

o Signal coordination issues in traffic analysis and simulation.

o Impacts of unusual or substandard geometrics (e.g., tight turning radii, short acceleration/deceleration lanes, narrow lanes) on traffic simulation analysis.

o Identifying bottleneck points in congested networks using traffic simulation.

o Quantifying performance measures in congested networks using traffic analysis.

o Networks realizing saturated conditions for extended periods of time.

Comments

Desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year for each agency. However, desired level of commitment may vary, based on size and type of agency (e.g., county and city). Desired minimum level of contribution is $20,000 per year per agency.

No document attached.

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