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Predictability of Time-Dependent Traffic Backups and Other Reproducible Traits in Experimental Highway Data


Traffic data from a 4-mile long congested rural road in Orinda, California, are used to show that traffic delays and vehicle accumulations between any two generic observers located inside a road section can be predicted from the traffic counts measured at the extremes of the section. The traffic model does not require "recalibration" on the day of the experiment, and works well despite what appears to be location-specific driver behavior.

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