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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 383121, 11 pages
Research Article

Impacts of Pedestrians on Capacity and Delay of Major Street Through Traffic at Two-Way Stop-Controlled Intersections

1Civil Aviation College, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jiangjun Road No. 29, Nanjing 211106, China
2Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
3China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Shanghai 200335, China
4Maritime College, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
5School of Transportation, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China

Received 26 July 2014; Accepted 26 September 2014

Academic Editor: Huimin Niu

Copyright © 2015 Zhao Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper aims to estimate the impacts of pedestrians on capacity and average control delay for the major street through traffic at two-way stop-controlled (TWSC) intersections. A procedure was proposed to estimate the expected delay for major street through vehicles based on the pedestrian arrival time and motorist yielding behavior. Field data were collected to calibrate the crucial parameters in the established models. The proposed models were then validated against field measured data. It was found that the calibrated models provided reasonable delay estimates. Based on the established models, sensitivity analyses were conducted to identify the effects of pedestrian arrival rate and motorist yield rate on the capacity of the major street through lanes at TWSC intersections. The results suggested that the capacity of the through movement would decrease with an increase in the pedestrian arrival rate. It was also found that, with the same pedestrian arrival rate, the capacity would decrease as the motorist yield rate became higher, and the magnitude of the capacity reduction would increase with an increase in the pedestrian arrival rate.