An Improved CTM Model for Urban Signalized Intersections and Exploration of Traffic Evolution

Arlinda A. Rrecaj, Vlera Alimehaj, Marija Malenkovska, Cvetko Mitrovski


In this paper is going to be proposed a Cell Transmission Model (CTM), its analysis and evaluation with a case study, which addresses in a detailed way the aspect of merging and diverging operations on urban arterials. All those few CTM models that have been developed so far, to model intersections, have some limitations and drawbacks. First, unlike the simple composition road networks, such as highways, urban arterials must include some complex parts called merge sand diverges, due to the fact of vibrational values of reduced capacity, reduced saturation flow rate, etc. In order to simulate an urban network/arterial it is not possible to neglect the traffic signal indication on the respective time step. The objective of this paper is to highlight the difference between the results of the original CTM and our proposed CTM and to provide evidence that the later one is better than the old one.  The proposed and formulated model will be employed through an algorithm of CTM to model a segment- arterial road of Pristina (compound from signalized intersections). For the functionalization and testing of the proposed model is build the experimental setup that is compatible with the algorithm created on C# environment. Results show that the proposed model can describe light and congested traffic condition. In light traffic conditions, in great mass traffic flow is dictated by the traffic signal status, while in medium congestion is obtained a rapid increase of the density to each cell. Fluctuations of the density from the lowest to the highest values are obvious during the first three cycles to all cells of the artery in a congested traffic state.


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Cell Transmission Model; Urban Traffic; Merge and Diverge; Intercell Flow; Traffic Congestion.


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