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An Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory


  • First textbook to address the modern advances in traffic flow theory in 20 years

  • Contains real-world examples and a problem set in each chapter

  • Discusses topics such as microscopic traffic analysis and traffic simulation and includes research related to traffic flow


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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 3-30
  3. The Traffic Stream: Traffic Flow Performance Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 61-91
    3. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 93-110
    4. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 111-126
  4. Traffic Operational Analysis Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 129-135
    3. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 137-162
  5. Highway Facilities and Principles for Their Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 165-187
    3. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 189-217
    4. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 219-232
    5. Lily Elefteriadou
      Pages 233-241
  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

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Coastal EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

About the authors

Dr. Lily Elefteriadou is the Director of the Transportation Research Center and Kisinger Campo Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her M.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University, and her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York. Her 2010 paper "A Driver Behavior Based Lane-Changing Model and Its Implementation in CORSIM," co-authored with Daniel Jian Sun, was awarded Best Model Development Paper by the Transportation Research Board. She is also the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Research Award from Penn State Engineering Society, as well as a Fulbright Scholar.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory
  • Authors Lily Elefteriadou
  • Series Title Springer Optimization and Its Applications
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Optimization
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8434-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-4306-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8435-6
  • Series ISSN 1931-6828
  • Series E-ISSN 1931-6836
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 251
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 79 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Optimization
    Civil Engineering
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From the reviews:

“This book presents the basics of traffic flow theory and associated applications. … The book is very well written, with excellent graphics, examples, problems, references, and resources for further reading. … This book would be an ideal text for an introductory course in traffic flow theory and a useful refresher for experienced engineers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and professionals/practitioners.” (W. J. Sproule, Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)

“The author is concerned with the traffic operational quality of highway transportation facilities, assuming that all demand is known in advance. … This book may be helpful in a one-semester course for students starting studies in transportation engineering.” (Hartmut Noltemeier, zbMATH, Vol. 1286, 2014)