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Corridor Planning Powered by HCM6

The Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) 6th Edition incorporates the results of millions of dollars of national, peer-reviewed research that has occurred since the publication of the HCM 2010. This edition of the HCM introduces a number of new capabilities, including travel time reliability forecasting, alternative intersections analysis, managed lane analysis, and work zone analysis. It also updates a number of existing methodologies, including those for freeway facilities and roundabouts. Recognizing that most users of the HCM implement its methods through software, this edition of the HCM highlights information that users need to know when applying the manual through software, such as input data needs and potential sources for specific performance measures, recommended default values, information on the sensitivity of results to specific inputs, and guidance on interpreting analysis results. Finally, the HCM’s expanded name, Highway Capacity Manual, 6th Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis is intended to highlight the HCM’s ability to analyze the operation of non-auto modes, and to highlight the range of roadway performance measures the HCM provides beyond traditional level of service.

The eight and final webinar in the series will describe the capabilities of the HCM6 to perform evaluations of arterial and freeway corridors, with an emphasis on arterial street evaluation using the HCM Urban Streets Method. The presentation will give an introduction to the urban streets method, including its capabilities for analyzing signalized arterials, as well as roundabout corridors. The talk will discuss advanced features in the method, including evaluation of actuated-coordinated signal controllers and platoon dispersion models, as well as reliability analysis. The webinar will present planning-level and operational applications, and offer comparisons with the HCM freeway facilities method.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the unique capabilities of the HCM methods in evaluating urban street segments and facilities;
  • Learn about the steps and data needs for the HCM urban streets analysis method;
  • Become familiar with concepts and steps for the new HCM roundabout corridor method; and
  • Understand similarities and differences between the new HCM6 urban street and freeway facility methods.      
 Instructors' Names, Bios and PDF Presentations can be found by clicking the recording link below. Once you click the recording below, click the "resources" tab to locate the PDF (after purchasing).