Networks of fixed-cycle intersections

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We present an algorithmic method for analyzing networks of intersections with static signaling, with as primary example a line network that allows traffic flow over several intersections in one main direction. The method decomposes the network into separate intersections and treats each intersection in isolation using an extension of the fixed-cycle traffic-light (FCTL) queue. The network effects are modeled by matching the output process of one intersection with the input process of the next (downstream) intersection. This network analysis provides insight into wave phenomena due to vehicles experiencing progressive cascades of green lights and sheds light on platoon forming in case of imperfections. Our algorithm is shown to match results from extensive discrete-event simulations and can also be applied to more complex network structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-271
Number of pages18
JournalTransportation Research. Part B: Methodological
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Fixed-cycle traffic-light queue
  • Performance evaluation
  • Queueing theory
  • Steady-state distribution
  • Stochastic networks
  • Traffic engineering
  • Transform solution


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