Transport infrastructure has an enormous impact on our lives. It defines the look of our cities, it connects people, communities, and countries and it determines the way we move. The demands placed on it are high, and so are the costs to build and maintain it.
Decision-makers are in a tough position. Since they are using taxpayers’ money, they have to justify all infrastructure investments and need to consider the requests of all parties involved, including future generations. However, lack of data and uncertainty about future conditions and human behavior makes creating mobility infrastructure that satisfies all needs extremely complex.
Governments, city officials, traffic planners and consultants – they all need a reliable data basis to assess and improve existing and planned transport infrastructure. Traffic models can help them to create efficient, safe, accessible, and sustainable mobility, in urban as well as rural areas.
- Keep up with mobility trends and changes and create adequate infrastructure and regulations.
- Use scientific methods and models to justify investments and to get the private, public, and commercial stakeholders on board.
- Test different scenarios and assumptions with a model that covers all modes and traffic data.
- Strengthen public transport by giving it the space and infrastructure it needs.
Congestion and a lack of space are challenges affecting almost every city. But how should limited urban space be distributed between different stakeholders and modes of mobility? And how could traffic flow and level of service be improved? Traffic modelling and planning can help to make the best use of existing and planned infrastructure. These tools can be used to analyze underlying problems, to test different scenarios, and to create a new, fair, and efficient transportation strategy.
Providing future-proof infrastructure
Cities are like living organisms that grow and evolve. People come and go, so do real-estate projects, and mobility trends. Infrastructure, however, due to its immense costs, is supposed to be long-lasting and stable. The aim is therefore to design infrastructure that considers future developments and can be easily adapted to changing demographic, economic or spatial circumstances. That involves evaluating mobility policies and regulations before implementing and optimizing the infrastructure for electric and shared mobility.
To increase the quality of life in cities, safety and clean air are important elements. The key to this lies in safe mobility and less emissions from transport. But which measures lead to long-lasting success and ensure safe and sustainable mobility?
Traffic analyses can be used to test various scenarios and based on these, to develop strategies for clean and sustainable transport. Traffic and accident data can also be the basis for adjusting the infrastructure, by identifying, mitigating, and preventing accident hotspots.
Strengthening public transport
Public transport plays an important role in the accessibility of mobility. A demand analysis helps identify white spots and oversupply and is a basis for decisions on new lines or stations. Using a traffic model, future scenarios or alternatives can be simulated and the infrastructure investments adapted accordingly. A model is also helpful for finding the right location for mobility hubs, bringing together public transport and new forms of mobility, such as ride and car sharing, bike sharing, and electric scooters.
- Displaying all road users and their interactions in one model, including all modes of public transport.
- Efficiently creating and updating a model from external data sources.
- Testing different scenarios or alternatives on a macroscopic scale.
- Conducting traffic analyses and developing advanced transportation strategies and solutions.