Using microsimulation to quantify the impact of electronic toll collection Academic Article uri icon


  • A discrete-event, stochastic, microsimulation computer model is developed to determine the impact of electronic toll collection (FTC) on traffic operations. Simulation modeling is used to so that many intricacies of toll collection at the bridge in Halifax could be accommodated. The model examines all aspects of the toll collection process, including vehicle deceleration, queuing, lane selection logistics, service time and vehicle acceleration. Simulation modeling allows the inclusion of different vehicle types, payment methods and lane usage under a variety of toll plaza configurations. Data generated by the model simulation runs could then be used to analyze the effect of ETC more accurately than with conventional queuing analysis. The option of using animation to visualize the effects of STC is also available with a link to animation.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Burris, M. W., & Hildebrand, E. D.

complete list of authors

  • Burris, MW||Hildebrand, ED

publication date

  • July 1996