An Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory

  • Lily Elefteriadou

Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 84)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Modeling Traffic: Vehicle–Driver–Driving Environment Interactions

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  3. The Traffic Stream: Traffic Flow Performance Characteristics

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  4. Traffic Operational Analysis Techniques

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  5. Highway Facilities and Principles for Their Analysis

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book


This text provides a comprehensive and concise treatment of the topic of traffic flow theory and includes several topics relevant to today’s highway transportation system. It provides the fundamental principles of traffic flow theory as well as applications of those principles for evaluating specific types of facilities (freeways, intersections, etc.).  Newer concepts of Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and their potential impact on traffic flow are discussed. State-of-the-art in traffic flow research and microscopic traffic analysis and traffic simulation have significantly advanced and are also discussed in this text. Real world examples and useful problem sets complement each chapter.

This textbook is meant for use in advanced undergraduate/graduate level courses in traffic flow theory with prerequisites including two semesters of calculus, statistics, and an introductory course in transportation. The text would also be of interest to transportation professionals as a refresher in traffic flow theory, or as a reference.  Students and engineers of diverse backgrounds will find this text accessible and applicable to today’s traffic issues.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Lily Elefteriadou
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  1. 1.Department of Civil and Coastal EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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