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Urban travel time models : Vancouver (BC) case study Nutakor, Christopher K.


Travel time survey data obtained from the City of Vancouver’s Engineering Department have revealed that, travel times in the City of Vancouver have remained fairly constant over the past three decades, although traffic volumes and the number of traffic control devices have increased. This pattern of travel times is contrary to the predicted travel time behaviour of traditional travel time models, The traditional travel time models generally predict travel time as increasing with increasing traffic volume. This thesis investigated the reasons for the observed travel time trends. It also investigated the validity of three traditional time models, using data collected on a few arterial streets in the City of Vancouver. The results from the research indicated that, the observed travel time trends are principally due to increases in vehicle speeds and increases in the capacity of the street network. The three traditional travel time models which were investigated for validity are the BPR model, the GVRD model and the Davidson model. None of the three models investigated provided a good fit for data collected on the arterial streets. Based on the data collected on one of the arterials, revised forms of the models were developed. The revised models were validated against data collected on three other arterials in the City of Vancouver. In all cases, the validation process proved satisfactory.

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