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Urban Traffic Management
As cities grow, so does the need to improve urban transport system efficiency. The theme Urban Traffic Management explores ways to improve city mobility building upon existing infrastructure and transport systems. The time horizon for possible implementation is typically short to medium. Examples of important research areas are capacity optimisation of road, street and rail networks. Also important are the handling of multimodal traffic flows, and the challenge to prioritise transport options — both in time and space — in a way that improves the overall mobility.
Key words
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), city mobility, mobility management, congestion mitigation, information technology, wireless communication, signal systems, multimodal traffic management, intelligent transport systems, logistics, urban freight transports

Topics covered by the theme typically include:
Travel analysis
Analysis of access to various modes of urban transport
Analysis of transport systems and travel behaviour
Travel behaviour change
Use of wireless infrastructure and applications for traffic analysis

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
Mitigation of road traffic congestion
Macroscopic congestion management
Improvement of multimodal traffic flows at intersections
The role of wireless technologies

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Assessment of BRT performance
Analysis of BRT policies
BRT design and management

Urban freight transports

Publications within this theme:
Increasing the capacity of signalized intersections with separate left turn phases
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Macroscopic relations of urban traffic variables: Bifurcations, Multivaluedness and Instability
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

A topological route choice model
Research organisation: CoE Santiago, Chile
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Pedestrian arterial and freeway crossing behaviour in Cape Town: Observations and Implications
Research organisation: CoE Cape Town, South Africa
Year: 2010
Type: Conference proceedings

Curitiba, the cradle of bus rapid transit
Research organisation: CoE Santiago, Chile
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Design of limited‐stop services for an urban bus corridor with capacity constraints
Research organisation: CoE Santiago, Chile
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Choosing the Right Express Services for a Bus Corridor with Capacity Restrictions
Research organisation: CoE Santiago, Chile
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

BRT in Latin America – high capacity and performance, rapid implementation, low cost
Research organisation: CoE Santiago, Chile
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Bi-level programming model and solution method for mixed transportation network design problem
Research organisation: CoE Beijing, P. R. China
Year: 2009
Type: Research article

Comparative experimental application of alternative travel diaries in Cape Town and Dar es salaam
Research organisation: CoE Cape Town, South Africa
Year: 2009
Type: Conference proceedings

Traffic flow reconstruction using mobile sensors and loop detector data
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Existence of urban macro-scale macroscopic fundamental diagrams: Some experimental findings
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Continuity equation validation for nonhomogeneous traffic
Research organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Year: 2008
Type: Research article

Urban gridlock: Macroscopic modeling and mitigation approaches
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2007
Type: Research article

Estimating the increase in emissions associated with induced travel from road capacity expansions and traffic flow improvement projects
Research organisation: Year: 2006
Type: Final Report

Modular Composition of Synchronous Programs: Applications to Traffic Signal Control
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2006
Type: Paper

Bus lanes with intermittent priority: Strategy, formulae, and an evaluation
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2006
Type: Research article

On the variational theory of traffic flow: well-posedness, duality and applications
Research organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Year: 2006
Type: Research article

Augmented traffic realities
Research organisation: Year: 2002
Type: Final Report

No ongoing call.

The earlier call dated 131221, Financing Urban Access, Research Director, is now closed for application and the review process is ongoing. 

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