• Sushant Gaurav

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    • Traffic planning for non-homogeneous traffic

      Geetam Tiwari Joseph Fazio Sushant Gaurav

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      Traffic on Indian roads (both urban and inter-urban) consists of a variety of vehicles. These vehicles have widely different static and dynamic characteristics. The traffic is also very different from homogeneous traffic which primarily consists of motorized vehicles. Homogeneous traffic follows strict lane discipline as compared to non-homogeneous traffic. Western traffic planning methodologies mostly address the concerns of homogeneous traffic and therefore often prove inadequate in solving problems involving non-homogeneous traffic conditions as found in Indian cities. This paper presents studies conducted on non-homogeneous traffic. Section 1 presents a methodology to verify the continuity equation, the basic block of any traffic planning analysis. In § 2, the methodology developed is applied to modify the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) 2000 density method to derive passengercar equivalencies (PCEs) or units (PCUs) for heavy vehicles and recreational vehicles. These PCUs appear as ‘ET’ and ‘ER’ in HCM tables. The density method assumes motorized, four-wheeler traffic, i.e., homogeneous traffic, and does not include motorized three-wheelers, motorized two-wheelers, and non-motorized traffic often present on Indian highways. By modifying the density method to represent non-homogeneous traffic, which includes significant percentages of motorized, three-wheelers, motorized two-wheelers, and non-motorized traffic entities, one can derive more accurate passenger car units for Indian conditions. Transport professionals can use these PCU values for accurate capacity, safety, and operational analysis of highways carrying non-homogeneous traffic.

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