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Micro-Simulation Study Of Bus Priority On Roads Carrying Highly Heterogeneous Traffic


V. Thamizh Arasan, Perumal Vedagiri

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ECMS 2008 Proceedings

Edited by: Loucas S. Louca, Yiorgos Chrysanthou, Zuzana Oplatkova, Khalid Al-Begain


ISBN: 978-0-9553018-6-5

Doi: 10.7148/2008


22nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation,

Nicosia, June 3-6, 2008


Citation format:

Arasan, V. T., & Vedagiri, P. (2008). Micro-Simulation Study Of Bus Priority On Roads Carrying Highly Heterogeneous Traffic. ECMS 2008 Proceedings edited by: L. S. Louca, Y. Chrysanthou, Z. Oplatkova, K. Al-Begain (pp. 447-453). European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2008-0447



The desirable goal in passenger transportation is moving more people in fewer vehicles. This goal, in respect of road transport, can be attained by encouraging public transport modes like buses by assigning priority. This paper is concerned with the conceptual framework of a micro simulation model of highly heterogeneous traffic flow and application of the model to study the impact of exclusive bus lanes introduced on urban arterials. The impact is measured in terms of the reduction in speed of other categories of motor vehicles, due to the consequent reduction in road space. The results of the study indicates that it is possible to introduce exclusive bus lanes on selected urban roads to enhance the level of service of the bus, without much adverse impact on the level of service of other modes of road transport.

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