The effect of speed reduction on congestion: a microsimulation analysis

Bart Elbers, Eric C. van Berkum

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Reducing speed in and upstream of a bottleneck is believed to reduce the probability of breakdown and increase capacity. The FOSIM microsimulation model was applied to simulate the effects of reduced speed limits. A single on-ramp was modeled under various operating conditions. Results of the simulation experiments show that there is a trade-off between breakdown probability and queue length. Thus speed reduction creates a situation where either the probability of breakdown with a small queue length is high, or the probability of breakdown with a large queue length is small.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationSolutions for today and tomorrow: proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Intelligent Tranport Systems, 16-20 november 2003, Madrid, Spain (on CD-ROM)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2003


  • IR-102052
  • METIS-210498

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