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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-04-038    Date:  July 2004
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-038
Date: July 2004


Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume I: Traffic Analysis Tools Primer

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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



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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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