Traffic Analysis Tools Program
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Traffic Analysis Tools

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Advancing Practices for Localized Traffic Analysis and Work Zone Management During Voting Events

Traffic Analysis Capability Maturity Framework Brief (HTMLPDF 467KB)

The Traffic Analysis Tools Program was formulated by FHWA in an attempt to strike a balance between efforts to develop new, improved tools in support of traffic operations analysis and efforts to facilitate the deployment and use of existing tools. FHWA has established two tracks under the Traffic Analysis Tools Program: the deployment track and the development track.

Deployment Track

This track concentrates on the needs and concerns of the traffic analysis stakeholder community:


  • Volume I: Traffic Analysis Tools Primer (HTML, PDF 613KB)
  • Volume II: Decision Support Methodology for Selecting Traffic Analysis Tools (HTML, PDF 1.3MB)
  • 2019 VERSION: Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software 2019 Update to the 2004 Version (HTML, PDF 3.8MB)
    • 5-episode YouTube videos explaining the updated 2019 guidance
    • 2004 VERSION: Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software (HTML, PDF 1.2MB)
    • What's in this Volume?
  • Volume IV: Guidelines for Applying CORSIM Microsimulation Modeling Software (HTML, PDF 7.2MB)
  • Volume V: Traffic Analysis Toolbox Case Studies - Benefits and Applications (HTML, PDF 3.2MB)
  • Volume VI: Definition, Interpretation, and Calculation of Traffic Analysis Tools Measures of Effectiveness (HTML, PDF 734KB)
  • Volume VII: Predicting Performance with Traffic Analysis Tools (HTML, PDF 1.7MB)
  • Volume VIII: Work Zone Modeling and Simulation - A Guide for Decision-Makers (HTML, PDF 1.9MB)
  • Volume IX: Work Zone Modeling and Simulation - A Guide for Analysts (HTML, PDF 15MB)
  • Volume X: Localized Bottleneck Congestion Analysis Focusing on What Analysis Tools Are Available, Necessary and Productive for Localized Congestion Remediation (HTML, PDF 3.8MB)
  • Volume XI: Weather and Traffic Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (PDF 2.1MB)
  • Volume XII: Work Zone Traffic Analysis – Applications and Decision Framework (HTML, PDF 13.4MB)
  • Volume XIII: Integrated Corridor Management Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Guide (Updated 2017 version HTML, Original 2012 version HTML)
  • Volume XIV: Guidebook on the Utilization of Dynamic Traffic Assignment in Modeling (HTML, PDF 2.8MB)
  • Guide on The Consistent Application of Traffic Analysis Tools and Methods (HTML, PDF 2.8MB)
  • Guide for Highway Capacity and Operations Analysis of Active Transportation and Demand Management Strategies (HTML, PDF 4.3MB)
  • Scoping and Conducting Data-Driven 21st Century Transportation System Analyses (HTML, PDF 6.2MB)
  • Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) Analytical Methods for Urban Streets (HTML, PDF 4.3MB)
  • Using Modeling and Simulation Tools for Work Zone Analysis (HTML, PDF 266KB)
  • Traffic Analysis Capability Maturity Framework Brief ¬†(HTMLPDF 467KB)


  • Training and Workshops - Provided through National Highway Institute for Highway Capacity Manual and CORSIM.

Development Track

Focuses on enhancing and developing models that are easier to use, more robust in their application, and more reliable in their results. Read more about the Models.

Through the FHWA Traffic Analysis Tools Program, our partners and customers will expand their use of analysis tools and innovative analysis approaches that consider a system-level approach and will enhance mobility. They will gain insight on recommended/best practices and lessons learned in operational analysis. They will gain a high level of confidence in utilizing the analysis tools for their local needs. The proactive role from FHWA, will enable analytical tools and decision-support systems to reach their full potential to support a viable transportation community in a manner sufficient to make a significant contribution to evolving traffic congestion and management problems.

Video Testimony: Traffic Analysis Tools Support Transportation Decisions

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Nathan Masek: Mid-Region Council of Governments, New Mexico - Subject: IDAS Video Testimonial
Nathan Masek
Mid-Region Council of Governments, New Mexico

Subject: IDAS

Video (WMV 5MB)
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Transcript (HTML, PDF 75KB)

Michael Medina and Jeff Shelton, El Paso District, TXDOT and Texas Transportation Institute - Subject: DynaSmart Video Testimonial
Michael Medina & Jeff Shelton
El Paso District, TXDOT & TTI

Subject: DynaSmart

Video (WMV 6MB)
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Transcript (HTML, PDF 82KB)

Brian Isaacson, Metro District, MNDOT - Subject: Simulation Video Testimonial
Brian Isaacson
Metro District, MNDOT

Subject: Modeling, Analysis and Decisions

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Transcript (HTML, PDF 71KB)

Jerry Leos, El Paso District, TXDOT - Subject: DynaSmart Video Testimonial
Jerry Leos
El Paso District, TXDOT

Subject: DynaSmart

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Transcript (HTML, PDF 75KB)

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