Title: McTrans newsletter
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Title: McTrans newsletter
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
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2009
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TSIS-CORSIM version 6.1 was released in November 2008.
This version follows the original release of TSIS-CORSIM ver-
sion 6.0 in January 2007, and the build 507 update from Janu-
ary 2008.

Version 6.1 offers a variety of new features including 9-lane
intersection approaches, left-hand drive, emergency vehicles,
improved vehicle movement logic, and an alternate user-
interface called TSIS Next. Efforts are now underway to:

* streamline the overall user-interface architecture;
* provide new user-interface features;
* provide advanced new modeling capabilities in the COR-
SIM simulator;
* provide tighter integration with TRANSYT-7F for en-
hanced signal analysis; and
* re-package the TSIS installation to include TRANSYT-7F

McTrans is working with the Center for Multimodal Solutions
for Congestion Mitigation (CMS) on multiple research and de-
velopment projects, which may result in new modeling capa-
bilities for the CORSIM simulator. The CMS is housed in the
Transportation Research Center (TRC), which is part of the
University of Florida Department of Civil & Coastal Engineer-
ing. Examples of such research projects include:

* Two-lane rural highways (similar to those simulated by the
TWOPAS application);
* Detailed signal preemption to account for emergency vehi-
cles, actuated timing transition, and buses;
* Addition of ITS-responsive elements to the simulation
* Integration with traffic management center solutions; and
* Calibration and/or enhancement of the roundabout simula-
tion methodology.

McTrans is soliciting user feedback on these plans as well as
any feature or enhancement to the TSIS-CORSIM package that
would make it a more useful tool. Please send any comments
or suggestions to McTrans at mctrans@ce.ufl.edu with "TSIS
Feedback" in the subject line.

HCS+ version 5.4 (within HCS+T7F) was released in Decem-
ber 2008. This version follows the previous release of HCS+
version 5.3 in June 2008.

Version 5.4 adds SPUI interchanges to the Interchanges module
that implements HCM Chapter 26 procedures for Interchange
Ramp Terminals. This version converts the Help system to
HTML for added functionality, compatibility with Windows
Vista, and a separate Users Guide for each module. The
DAITA program received significant changes to better accom-
modate collecting demand data for oversaturated signalized
intersections, included the ability to record end-of-period resid-
ual queues for translating into turning movement demand arri-
val flows.

Version 5.5 is scheduled to include an updated Warrants mod-
ule to implement changes to the MUTCD procedures. This
version will also provide for data file interchanging between the
Signals and Unsignal modules. The multiple-period analysis
within Signals is planned to include the ability to edit additional
data from period to period. Spreadsheet tools that implement
the Pedestrian and Bicycle procedures from HCM Chapters 18
and 19 may also be included.

Of course, work on HCS+ to implement the updated procedures
(see Page 3) coming in the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual
(HCM) is underway. Our goal is to be ready with the HCS+
upgrade to coincide with 2010 HCM publication


TRANSYT-7F version 11.3 (within HCS+T7F) was released
in December 2008. This version follows the previous release of
TRANSYT-7F version 11.2 in June 2008.

Version 11.3 offers a variety of new features including HTML
Help, ARTPLAN import, and one-touch CORSIM animation
for left-hand drive. Efforts are now underway to continuously
improve the overall software architecture. Customer feedback
will be used to determine new interface and modeling features
to be added in upcoming, future versions.

Inside ... Product News (Page 2) 2010 HCM (Page 3) Updates, Training, Calendar & Links (Page 4)

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Development News and Notes


Product News

TEAPAC Complete Combines All Prior TEAPAC Programs

TEAPAC Complete (Version 8) has been released, merging all prior TEAPAC programs into a single program with new, low pricing for single
user/computer licenses and a maintenance plan for free future updates and upgrades.
TEAPAC Complete represents an unprecedented leap forward in the seamless execution of the wide variety of traffic and transportation functions
supported through the years by TEAPAC. Just one program and one data file manages all TEAPAC functions and all external programs, for as
many as 500 intersections, and as many as 25 scenario conditions each for up to 5 independent scenario issues. TEAPAC Complete offers un-
precedented efficiencies for conducting a wide variety of analyses with a minimum amount of hassle and maximum reliability.
All of the functionality of 15 prior TEAPAC programs is now available in a single program, delivered for one low price with a single program
license, as follows:

* HCM2000-compliant signalized capacity analysis and full HCM optimization of splits, cycle and phasing (aka SIGNAL2000).
* Estimation of projected volumes for multi-use traffic impact studies, including user-adjustable, automated on-screen traffic assignments (aka
* MUTCD-compliant signal warrant and multi-way stop warrant analyses (aka WARRANTS).
* Complete traffic count analysis, including peak period determination and import of count data from a multitude of electronic counters (aka
* Simplified bandwidth arterial progression optimization with full-color time-space diagrams (aka NOSTOP).
* Full Export Capabilities for well-established third-party programs, such as HCS, TRANSYT-7F, PASSER-II, CORSIM, TS/PP-DRAFT &
* Full Import Capabilities for a complete network created in SYNCHRO Ver 5, 6 or 7 (aka PRESYNCHRO).
* Revolutionary TEAPAC multi-variable, multi-scenario data management for all applications above (aka SCENARIO).
* Seamless exchange of inputs and results between all combined applications, such as peak period volumes, projected traffic volumes, opti-
mized signal timings, computed saturation flow rates. etc.
* One downloadable manual (and one onscreen help system) covers the entire breadth of TEAPAC applications, with full index and improved
graphics and output examples.
TEAPAC Complete uses the familiar Visual TEAPAC interface and is upwards compatible with prior versions. Upgrades from prior versions of
TEAPAC are available at www.StrongConcepts.com. New licenses are available from Strong Concepts and McTrans.

VISSIM 5.10 Released!
PTV America is pleased to announce the release of VISSIM 5.10 for North American customers. This software release is available to all customers
who have purchased the software in the last year or have current software maintenance.
VISSIM 5.1 features the add-on social force pedestrian simulation. This optional feature is the result of over a decade of research and several years
of implementation. Also new is a managed lanes module included in the routing decisions dialog is now provided for all VISSIM Level 3 and
Level 4 licenses. VISSIM is faster for multi-processor and multi-core computers with multi-threaded processing! Highlights include:
* Multi-threading processing making VISSIM faster on multi-processor and multi-core computers
* User-defined tile sizes for opening background images in 3D allows much larger background images to be opened with less video card
* Pedestrian Simulation (Standalone versions or add-on modules available for VISSIM Levels 2, 3 and 4): Helbing Social Force Model; Sup-
ports multiple levels and polygon areas; and Output statistics for travel time and area measurements
* User-defined pricing and decision model for managed lane facilities (standard for Level 3 and 4 licenses only)
* More Ring Barrier Controller (RBC) features: Predefined Basic View option; Alternate Patterns & Queue Detection (user-defined detection
status to initiate special functions); SC Communication Mapping (VAP input channel for RBC detection); and PT Telegram Detection for TSP
(Calling Point)
* More conflict area parameters: Vehicle class dependence for gaps and the safety distance factor; Additional stop line distance; Optional adher-
ence to the adjacent lane (yielding to lane-changing vehicles); Optional adherence to routes (yielding to turning vehicles); and Avoid blocking
of the conflict area (percentage of the non-yielding vehicles checking if there is sufficient space downstream of the crossing conflict area)

For more information please contact PTV America at sales@ptvamerica.com or 503.297.2556

Traffic Actuated Control Simulator (TACSim)

TACSim is an instructional too that emulates the functions of a simple two-phase traffic actuated controller.
Vehicle arrivals are generated randomly for each second of the operation. A simple queue accumulation and TACSIM Features
discharge model simulates the operation at the stop line. A control panel gives you access to the basic operating
parameters of a traffic-actuated controller, including the initial interval, extension interval, maximum green time,
yellow and all-red times. ,~ we
Basic traffic-
The control panel also shows the status of all intervals in real time as well as detector status and the signal dis- actuated control
logic is executed, Vehicle arrivals,
plays. The beginning of each new interval is announced audibly. By manipulating demand on each approach recognizing user- Vehicle arrivals,
and the controller's operating parameters it is easy to demonstrate how the control parameters affect the perform- the controller departures anr
ance of the intersection. The program comes with operating instructions and a PowerPoint presentation on the settings simulatedfoilowing
basics of traffic actuated control.

2010 HCM Update
Barbara K. Ostrom, Chair, NCHRP Panel 3-92, Production of the Year 2010 Highway Capacity Manual

NCHRP 3-92 Production of the Year 2010 Highway Capacity
Manual (HCM) has been underway for nearly a year. Preliminary
chapters are under review by committee members and friends of
the committee. The manual is proposed in a 4-volume format:
Concepts, Uninterrupted Flow, Interrupted Flow and Applications
with the Applications volume being on-line only. The material for
any given methodology will be largely within the associated chap-
ter as users in both surveys and focus groups expressed dissatis-
faction with the existing Part II and Part III approach. The transit
chapter has been removed because the Transit Capacity and Qual-
ity of Service Manual, 2nd edition (TCRP 100) exists. Addition-
ally, materials on pedestrians and bicyclists will be moved into the
chapters where they have an impact on operations with the new
Pedestrian and Bicycle chapter focused on exclusive facilities for
those users.

The Concepts chapter provides the introductory and overview
material for the manual as a whole. One new element in the vol-
ume will be a discussion of traveler perception, which contrasts
operational versus user-satisfaction measures for multiple modes
on the urban street. This material was developed under NCHRP 3-
70, "Multimodal Level of Service Analysis for Urban Street." A
second new element in this volume will be general guidance on
the use of alternatives to the HCM. The discussion will incorpo-
rate material from NCHRP 3-82, "Default Values for Capacity
and Quality of Service Analyses" and NCRHP 3-85, "Guidance
for the Use of Alternative Traffic Analysis Tools in Highway Ca-
pacity Analyses." The final report on the former was published as
NCHRP 599, Default Values for Highway Capacity and Level of
Service Analyses.



The Uninterrupted Flow volume addresses freeways, multilane highways and two-lane highways. The major changes are a freeway
facility level of service definition, a new weaving chapter, and removal of the two-way analysis methodology for two-lane roads.
The weaving chapter is a product of NCHRP 3-75, "Analysis of Freeway Weaving Sections."

The Interrupted Flow volume addresses intersections (signalized, stop-controlled, roundabouts), urban streets and interchange ramp
terminals. The traveler perception research will be incorporated into the urban street facilities chapter, along with the material devel-
oped in NCHRP 3-79, "Measuring and Predicting the Performance of Automobile Traffic on Urban Streets." In the signalized inter-
section chapter, the current equation-based determination of uniform delay and queue will be replaced with an approach based on
Incremental Queue Analysis. Additionally, the interchange ramp terminals chapter will be replaced with the work developed by
NCHRP 3-60, "Capacity and Quality of Service of Interchange Ramp Terminals."

The Applications "volume" is expected to include a majority of the sample problems, details on some of the more complex, iterative
procedures incorporated in the 2010 HCM and case studies to illustrate how the materials in the manual can be applied. The majority
of the case studies will be from the existing Highway Capacity Manual Application Guide (http://hcmguide.com) updated for meth-
odological changes and with the addition of a case where alternative tools such as simulation need to be considered.

Individuals interested in participating in committee activities should contact the committee Chairman, Rick Dowling
(rdowling@dowlinginc.com) or attend the various sub-committee meetings at TRB (see www.ahb40.org for the agenda.)

Members of the committee will be available to make presentations after the final approval of the manual in June 2009. If your pro-
fessional organization might be interested in a presentation, please contact the User Liaison Group Chair, Bill Sampson
(bsampsonk@ce.ufl.edu) and indicate the likely focus of your group (i.e. general overview of HCM, changes from previous manuals,
impact on performance measurement, applications to planning etc.)

Individuals doing software development and wishing to see materials in advance of the publication of the manual should contact the
NCHRP Program Officer, Ray Derr (RDERR@nas.edu).

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