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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-04-039    Date:  July 2004
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-039
Date: July 2004


Traffic Analysis Toolbox Volume II: Decision Support Methodology for Selecting Traffic Analysis Tools

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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. While traffic analysis tools have the capability to provide meaningful insights into transportation analyses, far too often they are misapplied. Namely, the most appropriate tool for the job is not the tool that is used.

The purpose of this Decision Support Methodology for Selecting Traffic Analysis Tools is to provide an overview of the role of traffic analysis tools in transportation analyses and to present a detailed methodology for selecting the appropriate tool for the job at hand. The report describes the selection process including selection criteria and worksheets that can be used in applying the selection process.

This document serves as Volume II in the Traffic Analysis Toolbox. Other volumes currently in the toolbox include: Volume I: Traffic Analysis Tools Primer and Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software.

The intended audience for this report is the transportation professional or analyst who uses traffic analysis tools and makes decisions on the types of analyses to use.

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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