“Should I use Synchro, SimTraffic, or both?” We often get this question from users. Today’s post discusses the benefits to help clarify the issue.
The “Choosing an Analysis Method” post from two weeks ago discussed the three macroscopic analysis methods available in Synchro: Percentile Method, HCM 2010, and HCM 2000. In addition to these choices, you can use SimTraffic for analysis.
The intention is to use Synchro and SimTraffic as companion models. Synchro can be used to determine macro level LOS and delays, then use SimTraffic to simulate realworld conditions. Not all projects require use of SimTraffic. Synchro analysis may be sufficient for a high-level planning study, for example.
If you are going to use SimTraffic, you need to determine your purpose. SimTraffic input requirements vary based on your purpose. SimTraffic can be used for simulation to generate reports, or simply for animation purposes. Here are some items to consider before using measures of effectiveness from a simultion:
Generally, microscopic models (like SimTraffic) are more realistic, however here are some disadvantages to consider: