Traffic management

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Commentary 2

Further to content contained in Section 2.3, Table C2 1 provides examples of potential applications of travel demand management measures on a link, route, corridor and area scale.

Table C2 1: TDM measure selection table based on where the problem occurs

When does the problem occur?LinkRouteCorridorArea/region
Weekday peak
  • ATMS – signal priority, access metering, lane restrictions
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • Improved pedestrian and bike facilities
  • LATM/traffic calming
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • Changing capacity
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • Improved pedestrian and bike facilities
  • LATM/traffic calming
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • AUPS
  • Changing capacity across routes
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • Improved pedestrian and bike facilities
  • LATM/traffic calming
  • Community-based travel behaviour change program (e.g. TravelSmart)
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • AUPS
  • Physical restraint through area limitations (traffic cells/mazes, area licences)
  • Parking provision or restraint, control and management and pricing
  • Changing cost of car travel
  • Vehicle registration and purchase taxes
  • Campaigns to raise environmental awareness, reduce GHG or promote PT
  • Community-based travel behaviour change program (e.g. TravelSmart)
  • Teleworking
  • Raising environmental awareness
  • Promoting walking and cycling for health
  • Ride-sharing, carpooling or car-sharing
  • Smart growth or transit oriented development
Weekday off‑peak or weekend
  • ATMS
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • As above
Variable – linked to special event timing or seasonal factors
  • ATMS
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • Changing capacity
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • Improved pedestrian and bike facilities
  • ATMS
  • ATIS
  • AUPS
  • PT and HOV priority lanes
  • As above

Note: Abbreviations used above: ATMS (Advanced Traffic Management Systems) includes signal priority and linking, access metering, lane restrictions to encourage high occupancy vehicles, public transport and/or freight vehicles and discourage low occupancy vehicles; ATIS (Advanced Traveller Information Systems) involves information provision to influence departure time, mode or route choices; AUPS (Advanced User Payment Systems) includes integrated payment and smart charging across modes and/or with parking and tolls along with broader pricing initiatives such as congestion pricing; PT = Public Transport; HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle Lane; LATM = Local Area Traffic Management; GHG = Greenhouse Gas.

Source: Adapted from Austroads (2007b).

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