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Title: McTrans newsletter ; vol. 39
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Title: McTrans newsletter ; vol. 39
Series Title: McTrans newsletter
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Language: English
Creator: Center for Microcomputers in Transportation College of Engineering, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Microcomputers in Transportation, College of Engineering, University of Florida
Publication Date: July 2008
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Interoperability of ARTPLAN 2008, TRANSYT-7FT' and TSIS-CORSIMTM

Enhanced ARTPLAN Provides Lightning-Fast Access to Arterial Optimization and Animation


ARTPLAN 2008, developed by Dr.
Scott Washburn (University of Florida)
with assistance from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, has been sub-
stantially enhanced beyond older ver-
sions of ARTPLAN.
Distributed together with the Highway
Capacity Solbiw\i and TRANSYT-7F
(HCS+T7FM), ARTPLAN began as an
arterial planning application, similar to
the HCS+Arterials planning module.
Recent expansions to the ARTPLAN
model now have the developers joking
that their analyses may become more
detailed than the current Highway Ca-
pacity Manual (HCM) operational proce-
dures.
But the efficiency and simplicity of
ARTPLAN data entry have remained
intact, and new software integration pro-
vided by McTrans will provide perhaps
the fastest-ever access to arterial optimi-
zation and animation.
Clicking on the "T7F" button synthe-
sizes a TRANSYT-7F dataset, automati-
cally loading the new data into the
TRANSYT-7F user-interface. From
there, the user has instant access to opti-
mization, time-space diagrams, one-
touch HCS+Signals analysis, and one-


touch CORSIM animation (TSIS-
CORSIM is sold separately).
Instead of tediously coding the detailed
data for each intersection, it is only nec-
essary to complete simple forms such as
the one illustrated in the screen shot
shown here.
Once inside TRANSYT-7F, volumes
and timing plans can be further custom-
ized if needed. This means that ART-
PLAN becomes a real time-saver for the


traffic operations engineer. For plan-
ners, they now have easy access to the
extensive information and capabilities
provided by TRANSYT, CORSIM and
HCS+ Signals.

ARTPLAN is planned for distribution as
part of the next version of HCS+T7F,
scheduled for release this fall. More on
what's coming with updates to HCS+,
TRANSYT-7F and TSIS-CORSIM this
fall can be found on the next page.


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Online Catalog


http://mctrans.ce.ufl.edulcatalogl


(Searching and ordering software)


http://mctrans.ce.ufl.edu/orderform/ (For purchase orders and checks)


http://mctrans.ce.ufl.edultraining/


Mc Trans Center
University of Florida
Civil & Coastal Engineering
PO Box 116585
Gainesville FL 32611-6585


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(HCS+, TRANSYT-7F & CORSIM)




Phone: 352-392-0378
Toll-Free: 1-800-226-1013
Fax: 352-392-6629
E-mail: mctrans@ce.ufl.edu
Web: mctrans.ce.ufl.edu


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HCS+ 5.4 Upgrades Interchanges and DAITA

Interchanges


The latest version (5.4) of HCS+TMwill include an additional interchange type within the
new HCS+Interchanges module. The first release of this tool included diamond inter-
changes and six partial cloverleaf designs, all operating with two signals at the bases of
the ramps. The Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) is unique in that the ramp inter-
sections are controlled with one signal as shown in the figure here.


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DAITA

HCS+ version 5.4 will also provide enhanced features within the
DAITA turning movement data collection tool. In an effort to pro-
vide efficient capability for gathering true demand data for signal-
ized intersections, an automated mechanism has been implemented
to allow the coding of unmet demand queue lengths at the end of
each analysis (typically 15-minute) period as shown here. These
distances are converted to vehicles and added to the stop-bar
counts for that period with unmet demand turning movements esti-
mated using the stop-bar proportions from that period. The final
demand data can be imported directly into HCS+Signals for a mul-
tiple-period analysis that is most appropriate in congested condi-
tions.


New Releases of HCS+, TRANSYT-7F and TSIS-CORSIM Planned for this Fall

Targeted for public release by McTrans this fall are TSIS-CORSIM 6.1, featuring left-hand drive and 9-lane intersection ap-
proaches; TRANSYT-7F release 11.3, offering one-touch CORSIM animation for left-hand networks and HTML-based elec-
tronic Help systems and users guides; HCS+ version 5.4 (see article for details), including the addition of Single-Point Urban
Interchange analysis to the Interchanges module, detailed demand data collection within the DAITA tool, and ARTPLAN 2008,
offering integration with CORSIM and TRANSYT-7F (see article for details); and HTML-based electronic Help systems and
users guides.

2010 Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) being Developed

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is funding the development of the 2010 HCM for this major
Transportation Research Board (TRB) publication. The contract is being led by Kittelson & Associates, Inc. with strong support
from the University of Florida, Polytechnic University, and the Texas Transportation Institute. The team has been well underway
for over a year now and making great progress and providing very close coordination with the Highway Capacity and Quality of
Service (HCQS) committee. Plans include distribution in four volumes (Concepts, Uninterrupted Flow, Interrupted Flow and
Applications Guide) with major upgrades to the Urban Streets (Facilities and Segments), Weaving and Roundabout procedures,
including more complete guidance on the use of simulation. The HCQS committee is looking for volunteers now to review draft
material as it becomes available. Please contact the Chair, Rick Dowling, at rdowling@ dowlinginc.com with your relevant quali-
fications if you would like to participate. More details on the 2010 HCM will be forthcoming as development continues.


Update Watch


Package
HCS+
TRANSYT-7F
TSIS-CORSIM
DYNASMART-P
IDAS
QuickZone
TNM


Version
5.4
11.3
6.1
1.3.0
2.3
2.0
2.5


Status
Testing
Testing
Testing
Complete
Complete
Complete
Complete


Target
October
October
October
Available
Available
Available
Available


Distribution
Patch Download
Patch Download
Patch Download
Sent to Registered Users
Sent to Registered Users
Sent to Registered Users
Sent to Registered Users




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