Modelling traffic flows with queueing models : a review

T. Woensel, van, N.J. Vandaele

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In this paper, an overview of different analytic queueing models for traffic on road networks is presented. In the literature, it has been shown that queueing models can be used to adequately model uninterrupted traffic flows. This paper gives a broad review on this literature. Moreover, it is shown that the developed published methodologies (which are mainly single node oriented) can be extended towards queueing networks. First, an extension towards queueing networks with infinite buffer sizes is evaluated. Secondly, the assumption of infinite buffer sizes is dropped leading to queueing networks with finite buffer sizes. The impact of the buffer size when comparing the different queueing network methodologies is studied in detail. The paper ends with an analytical application tool to facilitate the optimal positioning of the counting points on a highway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-461
Number of pages27
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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