ITS investment decision support tool presented for the first time

The tool, called CONDUITS DST (DST stands for Decision Support tool), builds on the ITS key performance indicators developed within the FP7 CONDUITS project, which ended in June 2011.

KPIs were developed for the four main transport policy goals of traffic efficiency, pollution reduction, road safety and social inclusion. With sponsorship from the company KAPSCH TrafficCom AG and under the coordination of Polis and advice from ISIS, a group of universities (Technion, Technical University of Munich and City University London) have developed a decision support tool for pollution reduction.

The tool brings together data from micro-simulation and an emissions model and runs these through the pollution reduction KPI. The end result is a prediction of how a particular ITS-enabled measure (eg, public transport priority at traffic lights, traffic signal timing rephasing or access restriction) will perform in relation to air quality. The CONDUITS-DST for pollution reduction has been tested in a case study covering the introduction of traffic light priority for a particular bus route in Brussels.

In the coming months, the user interface of the tool will be improved and further cities will use the tool. The next big step will involve the development of a decision support tool for traffic efficiency. The CONDUITS DST for pollution reduction is available free of charge to public authorities.

If you are interested in knowing more the tool or the ongoing work of the group, please contact Suzanne Hoadley.