Ramp metering with an objective to reduce fuel consumption

Jacob Dirk Vreeswijk, Zeremariam Woldeab, Anne de Koning, Jing Bie

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Abstract

Ramp meters successfully decrease congestion but leave a burden on the traffic situation at on-ramps. Chaotic queuing leads to many stop-and-go movements and causes inefficiency where fuel consumption is concerned. As part of the eCoMove project, complementary strategies are being designed and evaluated to reduce fuel consumption at metered on-ramps, using vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. This paper presents the design of two strategies, as well as their effect as derived from simulation using AIMSUN. The first strategy uses virtual stop lines to halt upstream parts of the queue, keeping them from stopand-go movement, in combination with ‘turn off engine’ advices. Simulation shows that this strategy can reduce fuel consumption at on-ramps with 15 percent. The second strategy uses vehicle classification to discriminate between vehicles, lanes, branches and possible on-ramps. In this case, simulation shows that this strategy can reduce fuel consumption at on-ramps with 29.6 percent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th European Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, Lyon, 6-9 June, 2011( On CD-rom)
Place of PublicationLyon
PublisherITS
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2011
Event8th European Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, ITS 2011 - Lyon, France
Duration: 6 Jun 20119 Jun 2011
Conference number: 8

Conference

Conference8th European Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, ITS 2011
Abbreviated titleITS
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/06/119/06/11

Keywords

  • METIS-277093
  • IR-101471

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    Vreeswijk, J. D., Woldeab, Z., de Koning, A., & Bie, J. (2011). Ramp metering with an objective to reduce fuel consumption. In 8th European Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, Lyon, 6-9 June, 2011( On CD-rom) (pp. 1-10). Lyon: ITS.