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Development of driver population factors for capacity analysis of signalized intersections Zhou, Yanhu et al

By: Publication details: Transportation Research Record, 2000Description: nr 1710, s. 239-45Subject(s): Bibl.nr: VTI P8167:1710Location: Abstract: In the "Highway Capacity Manual" (HCM), driver population factors are included to adjust for the impact of nonlocal drivers on freeway capacity. There are no such factors in the HCM to account for the possible change of capacity at signalized intersections caused by unfamiliar drivers in the traffic stream. The results obtained from a research study to develop driver population adjustment factors for capacity analysis of signalized intersections are summarized. Detailed procedures for quantifying driver population adjustment factors are presented. The factors were derived on the basis of data collected in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, and Osceola counties in Florida. Study results indicated that nonlocal drivers had a significant impact on the saturation flow rate. When a signalized intersection was identified with a high level of nonlocal drivers, the saturation flow rate as well as the capacity could be reduced by 19%, which corresponded to a driver population factor as low as 0.81.
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In the "Highway Capacity Manual" (HCM), driver population factors are included to adjust for the impact of nonlocal drivers on freeway capacity. There are no such factors in the HCM to account for the possible change of capacity at signalized intersections caused by unfamiliar drivers in the traffic stream. The results obtained from a research study to develop driver population adjustment factors for capacity analysis of signalized intersections are summarized. Detailed procedures for quantifying driver population adjustment factors are presented. The factors were derived on the basis of data collected in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, and Osceola counties in Florida. Study results indicated that nonlocal drivers had a significant impact on the saturation flow rate. When a signalized intersection was identified with a high level of nonlocal drivers, the saturation flow rate as well as the capacity could be reduced by 19%, which corresponded to a driver population factor as low as 0.81.

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