Lane-Based Optimization for Macroscopic Network Configuration Designs

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1257569
Journal / PublicationDiscrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2017



Lane markings (arrows) at individual intersections serve as interfaces to connect upstream and downstream intersections in signal-controlled networks. Demand flows from origins to destinations may need to pass through a series of intersections. If lane markings are not well established to ban turns at intersections, then paths connecting origin and destination (OD) pairs could be inefficient. Due to indirect connections, road users need to take longer paths to reach their destinations. Conventionally, network configurations are fixed inputs for network analysis. In the present study, concepts of the lane-based designs for individual signalized intersections are extended for signal-controlled network designs. Taking OD demand flows as inputs, the proposed algorithm will optimize all lane markings and assigned lane flows on approach lanes. Paths (flows) will then be optimized by linking up the optimized lane markings across upstream and downstream intersections. Traffic signal settings at individual intersections will be optimized simultaneously by maximizing the reserve capacity for the entire OD demand flow matrix. The problem is formulated as a Binary-Mixed-Integer-Linear-Program (BMILP) and a standard branch-and-bound routine is applied to solve for global optimum solutions. A numerical example using a 4-intersection network will be given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed design methodology.

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