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Expanding and Streamlining of RTMC Freeway Network Performance Reporting Methodologies and Tools

John Hourdos, Stephen Zitzow
January 2014
Report no. MnDOT 2014-05


The Twin Cities freeway network is a densely instrumented and growing transportation system. As the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) pursues a performance-based management strategy to monitor the health of the network and make planning and management decisions, the data from this vast network is being examined using a variety of methods. To provide MnDOT with timely performance information regarding the Twin Cities freeway network, a streamlined program was developed based on existing and new methodologies. The Highway Automated Reporting Tool (HART) utilizes a user-friendly interface for corridor, date, time, and report selection. Selected data are automatically examined to identify and correct errors and produce 'cleaned' data for use within each report. Using interpolation and autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) techniques, small errors are corrected in place while preserving as much useful data as possible. Larger issues are corrected using an imputation algorithm that uses nearby sensors and historical data to create representative replacement data. In this first version of HART, four reports are included: Speed-Based Congestion, Congestion Intensity, Lost and Available Capacity, and Maximum and Total Throughput. The Speed-Based Congestion report matches the existing methodology used to generate the annual Congestion Report.

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