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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-038
Date: July 2004
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"Traffic analysis tools" is a collective term used to describe a variety of software-based analytical procedures and methodologies that support different aspects of traffic and transportation analyses. Traffic analysis tools include methodologies such as sketch-planning, travel demand modeling, traffic signal optimization, and traffic simulation. The purpose of this Traffic Analysis Tools Primer is to give the reader an overview of the different types of traffic analysis tools and to describe their role in transportation analyses.
This document serves as Volume I in the Traffic Analysis Toolbox. Other volumes currently in the toolbox include: Volume II: Decision Support Methodology for Selecting Traffic Analysis Tools and Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software.
The intended audience for this report is the transportation professional or manager who needs a high-level introduction into the role of traffic analysis tools in the transportation analysis process.
Jeffery A. Lindley, P.E. Director
Office of Transportation Management
This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document.
The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the object of the document.
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Topics: research, infrastructure, pavements and materials
Keywords: research, infrastructure, pavements and materials, Traffic analysis tools, traffic simulation, highway capacity
TRT Terms: research, facilities, transportation, highway facilities, roads, parts of roads, pavements