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The Cell Transmission Model: Network Traffic


  • Daganzo, Carlos


This paper shows how the evolution of multicommodity traffic flows over complex networks can be predicted over time, based on a simple macroscopic computer representation of traffic flow that is consistent with the kinematic wave theory under all traffic conditions. After a brief review of the basic model for one link, the paper describes how three-legged junctions can be modeled. It then introduces a numerical procedure for networks, assuming that a time-varying origin-destination table is given and that the proportion of turns at every junction is known. These assumptions are reasonable for numerical analysis of disaster evacuation plans. The results are then extended to the case where, instead of the turning proportions, the best routes to each destination from every junction are known at all times.

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  • Daganzo, Carlos, 1994. "The Cell Transmission Model: Network Traffic," Institute of Transportation Studies, Research Reports, Working Papers, Proceedings qt9pz309w7, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:itsrrp:qt9pz309w7

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    1. Michalopoulos, Panos G. & Beskos, Dimitrios E. & Yamauchi, Yasuji, 1984. "Multilane traffic flow dynamics: Some macroscopic considerations," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 18(4-5), pages 377-395.
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    1. Li, Anna C.Y. & Nozick, Linda & Xu, Ningxiong & Davidson, Rachel, 2012. "Shelter location and transportation planning under hurricane conditions," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(4), pages 715-729.
    2. Nicholas B. Taylor & Benjamin G. Heydecker, 2015. "Estimating probability distributions of dynamic queues," Transportation Planning and Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 3-27, February.
    3. Cayford, Randall & Lin, Wei-Hua & Daganzo, Carlos F., 1997. "The Netcell Simulation Package: Technical Description," Institute of Transportation Studies, Research Reports, Working Papers, Proceedings qt4j27j106, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley.


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