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Hybrid Data Implementation: Final Report for Task Number 3643


This report investigates how Caltrans may incorporate third-party vendor data into its established system for performance measurement to improve accuracy of vehicle hours of delay (VHD) estimates and to enable smarter deployment of point-based sensors, such as loops. Methods are evaluated to project data from multiple sources, including multiple vendors and internal data feeds, onto the same domain of analysis so as to compute performance metrics with high fidelity. The recommended VHD estimation method depends on the infrastructure type and the data available. Overall a hybrid approach provides the best estimates of performance measures. A roadmap is proposed to begin using hybrid traffic data and to create opportunities to modify existing usage strategies of point-based sensors.

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