Methods for trip matrix estimation

  • Nielsen, Otto Anker (Project Manager)
  • Brems, Camilla Riff (Project Participant)
  • Leleur, Steen (Project Participant)
  • Thorlacius, Per (Project Participant)
  • Grevy, Bo (Project Participant)
  • Israelsen, Thomas (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Erik Rude (Project Participant)
  • Hansen, Christian Overgaard (Project Participant)
  • Bloch, Karsten Sand (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Jan (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Mogens (Project Participant)
  • Petersen, Jens Møller (Project Participant)

Project Details


Most conventional methods for estimating trip matrices from traffic counts assumes either that the counts are error-free determin-istic variables or they use a simplified traffic assignment model. Without these quite rough assumptions, the methods often demand prohibitive calculation times. In the project a new matrix-estimation method, 'Multiple Path Matrix Estimation' (MPME) has been developed which do not have these properties. Regarding route choices it corresponds to the models developed in 2a.
For practitioners, MPME is most promising in cases where an old trip-matrix needs to be updated for use in sketch-plan models or as pivot-matrix in larger traffic models. MPME has been tested and used successfully in several full-size cases (from small cities with 25,000 inhabitants to metropolitan areas with 5 million inhabitants). In all cases, the method gave lower deviations between traffic counts and estimated traffic than other tested methods. It converged smoothly within acceptable calculation times. It is now being implemented in the US GIS-T, 'TransCAD', which is produced by the Boston-company, 'Caliper Corporation'.
Effective start/end date01/09/199407/12/1997