Transportation Operations

Research in transportation operations is intended to identify techniques for increasing the efficiency of the transportation system, improving safety, and improving air quality.  Research in this area also seeks to develop methods for the analysis of operating conditions on all kinds of transportation facilities.  Researchers at the University of Florida in transportation operations not only make use of “big data” sources, such as UF’s STEWARD traffic database, they also are leading the way in simulation-based research.  UF develops and maintains the microscopic simulation program, CORSIM, which is used by researchers and practitioners throughout the country.  UF researchers also make use of an instrumented vehicle for field studies and real signalized intersection hardware for algorithm testing.

Example Projects

  • Managed Lane Operations-Adjusted Time of Day Pricing vs. Near Real Time Dynamic Pricing
  • Impact of Lane Closures on Roadway Capacity
  • Investigation of ATDM Strategies to Reduce the Probability of Breakdown
  • Emissions Modeling and Integration into Traffic Micro-simulation
  • Empirically-Based Performance Assessment and Simulation of Pedestrian Behavior at Unsignalized Crossings
  • Heavy Vehicle Effects on Florida Freeways and Highways
  • Impacts of Trucks on Arterials LOS and Work Zone Lane Closure Analysis

Faculty

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D. Professor Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering elefter@ce.ufl.edu

Bill Sampson, P.E. Engineer Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering bsampson@ufl.edu

Scott Washburn, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Professor Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering swash@ce.ufl.edu