Measuring the effects of traffic congestion on fuel consumption

García Castro, Álvaro and Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés (2014). Measuring the effects of traffic congestion on fuel consumption. In: "Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting", 12-16 enero 2014, Washington, D.C.. pp. 1-15.

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Title: Measuring the effects of traffic congestion on fuel consumption
Author/s:
  • García Castro, Álvaro
  • Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting
Event Dates: 12-16 enero 2014
Event Location: Washington, D.C.
Title of Book: Compendium of Papers of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting
Date: 2014
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Congestion, Fuel consumption, Route planner, Navigator, Energy, C02
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Nowadays, road transportation sector is responsible for a considerable amount of the total energy consumption, also contributing to about 20-30% of the total man-made C02 emissions worldwide. In metropolitan areas, the problem is compounded by the effect of traffic congestion. Transport models, online route planners, and the latest versions of on-board navigators do take into account traffic variability in their calculation of travel times. However, the effect of traffic congestion on fuel consumption is hardly taken into consideration, hereby introducing a considerable distortion in the result and consequently, the traveler decision process. The aim of this paper is to investigate in detail, how traffic congestion affects fuel consumption and to evaluate the importance of including traffic congestion in modeling and driver information systems. This analysis is based on empirical data collected from some itineraries of a metropolitan motorway and streets of the metropolitan area of Madrid, Spain. Specifically, a total of 3,800 trips were recorded with three vehicles under different traffic conditions and driving styles. The results show considerable increase in fuel consumption under congested traffic conditions compared with free flow conditions, but also points to he differences depending on the type of itinerary.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7JCT-EmissionsUnspecifiedUnspecifiedDevelopment of a methodology and tools for assessing the impact of ICT measures in road transport emissions

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Item ID: 41771
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/41771/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:41771
Official URL: http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2014/annualmeeting2014.aspx
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Jul 2016 16:35
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 17:21
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