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Capacity

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

Abstract

How much traffic can a facility carry? This is one of the fundamental questions designers and traffic engineers have been asking since highways have been constructed. The term “capacity” has been used to quantify the traffic-carrying ability of transportation facilities. The value of capacity is used when designing or rehabilitating highway facilities to determine their geometric design characteristics such as the desirable number of lanes, it is used to design the traffic signalization schemes of intersections and arterial streets, it is used in evaluating whether an existing facility can handle the traffic demand expected in the future, and it is also used in the operations and management of traffic control systems (ramp metering algorithms, congestion pricing algorithms, signal control optimization, incident management, etc.).

Keywords

Maximum Throughput Congested Condition Breakdown Event Practical Capacity Breakdown Probability 
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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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