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Event-oriented Traffic Management

Stuttgart

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Event-oriented improvement of the traffic situation in case of events and traffic disturbances (incidents).
Integration of the diverse current traffic information into the Integrated Traffic Management Centre (ITMC).
Promotion of intermodality in connection with big events.
Avoidance of congestion and overloading in road traffic due to big events.
Reduction of travel times due to big events as well as of emissions by means of optimal information and guidance of the road users.

transport

Objectives of the Good Practice

The measure aims at improving the traffic situation in case of events and traffic disturbances (incidents), promoting intermodality in the context of big events such as football games, open-air concerts, etc. and reducing congestion in road traffic as well as of emissions and travel times through optimal information and guidance of the road users.
Results
Reduction of the severe traffic impacts resulting from traffic disturbances (e.g. capacity constraints, incidents) to the urban network of Stuttgart and reduction in traffic disturbances caused by major events (areas of roadworks, concerts, etc.) by 30% during peak hours.
Reduction of congestion and faster emptying of parking facilities:
Traffic can now leave car parks after a football match much faster because the number of lanes has been extended from two to three. Meanwhile the fourth lane for incoming traffic is now reserved exclusively for pedestrians leaving the area. This has halved the time needed to empty car parks.
Thanks to the ITMC the traffic management during the FIFA World Championship 2006 went really smooth.

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Stuttgart

Funding of the Good Practice

City of Stuttgart

More Details of the Good Practice

In the highly loaded arterial road network of Stuttgart occur annually about 22.600 accidents, 1.800 events (on public area), 200 events in congress centres, concerts, stadiums etc., and about 12.000 work sites (on main roads). However not the size of the event, but the tangible impacts are relevant for incidents. These impacts concern both the public transport as well as individual traffic. The coincidence of several events mainly contributes to the fact that on about 90 days of the year the traffic conditions are impaired in a way that is no longer controllable. For a better traffic control the Integrated Traffic Management Centre is being gradually built up for Stuttgart.
Research activities will help to establish the strategic and technical bases to operate traffic control including the selection and definition of the strategic traffic network in Stuttgart, the development of control scenarios, the micro-simulations for the modules of the incident management and the parking and traffic guidance system Cannstatter Wasen, the publication and monitoring of the Internet Information Platform as well as supporting initiatives (broadcast, mobile phone, commercial users).
Demonstration activities concentrate on the management centre, the integration of the different data sources for traffic control and traffic information and the installation of the technical equipment in the street space.
Based on these activities the user-related measures for influencing the driving behaviour will be operated including

    * Internet-capable data preparation and visualization of the current and event-related traffic conditions.
    * Implementation of a data interface for the transfer of traffic information to the broadcaster as well as the mobile network operator.
    * Provision of the data by means of an interface for commercial users.
    * Creation of a data network with the online carpooling system “Pendlernetz Stuttgart“.
    * Communication of the traffic-controlling measures by display systems in the street space.
    * Measure-oriented traffic guidance to guarantee or increase traffic quality.

The supportive measures will include public relation activities via diverse media (print media, broadcast, Internet), event-oriented test measures to control traffic (e.g. traffic information and traffic guidance during Christmas shopping traffic by means of current broadcast messages), and the coordination of (interface) requirements with project participants within the framework of workshops
Implementation Status
The Integrated Traffic Management Centre Building has been set into operation on the 26.04.06 with an opening ceremony.

The parking and traffic guidance system Cannstatter Wasen (PVLS) started just before the World Soccer Championship.

The dynamic lane signalization on the Gaisburger Brücke started to work in May this year.

Technical adaptations of the traffic information centre (VIZ) to the new conditions to enable switching of light signal systems, putting scenarios into action and to activate the variable routing (PVLS) have been made.

The Network control system in the area Stuttgart North got started.

The Integrated Traffic Management Centre enables an event-oriented control of traffic flow across all transport modes. The system also controls the traffic flow on the operative level with foreseeable events, e.g. commuter traffic, work sites or big events as well as with unforeseeable events such as accidents.

Also due to the new Integrated Traffic Management Centre the traffic management during the World Soccer Championship went really smooth, without major traffic jams.

Available files

Data sources and references

European Local Transport Information Center
http://www.eltis.org/study_sheet.phtml?study_id=2492&lang1=en (Accessed November, 11, 2009)