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Exploring Traffic Congestion on Urban Expressways Considering Drivers' Unreasonable Behavior at Merge/Diverge Sections

Version 1 : Received: 31 October 2018 / Approved: 1 November 2018 / Online: 1 November 2018 (18:05:19 CET)

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Long, K.; Lin, Q.; Gu, J.; Wu, W.; Han, L.D. Exploring Traffic Congestion on Urban Expressways Considering Drivers’ Unreasonable Behavior at Merge/Diverge Sections in China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4359. Long, K.; Lin, Q.; Gu, J.; Wu, W.; Han, L.D. Exploring Traffic Congestion on Urban Expressways Considering Drivers’ Unreasonable Behavior at Merge/Diverge Sections in China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4359.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 4359
DOI: 10.3390/su10124359

Abstract

Mechanism of traffic congestion generation is more than complicated, due to complex geometric road design and complicated driving behavior at urban expressway in China. We employ Cell transmission model (CTM) to simulate traffic flow spatiotemporal evolution process along the expressway, and reveal the characteristics of traffic congestion occurrence and propagation. Here we apply the variable-length-cell CTM to adapt the complicated road geometry and configuration, and propose the merge section CTM considering drivers' mandatory lane-changing and other unreasonable behavior at on-ramp merge section, and propose the diverge section CTM considering queue length end extending expressway mainline to generate dynamic bottleneck at diverge section. In the new improved CTM model, we introduce merge ratio and diverge ratio to describe the effect of driver behavior at merge and diverge section. We conduct simulation on the real urban expressway in China, results show that merge section and diverge section are the original location of expressway traffic congestion generation, on/off-ramp traffic flow has great effect on expressway mainline operation. When on-ramp traffic volume increases by 40%, merge section delay increases by 35%. And when off-ramp capacity increases by 100 veh/hr, diverge section delay decreases about by 10%, which proves the strong interaction between expressway and adjacent road networks . Our results provide the underlying insights of traffic congestion mechanism in urban expressway in China, which can be used to better understand and manage this issue.

Subject Areas

Urban expressway; Cell transmission model; Mandatory merge; Merge section; Diverge section

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