- Master Thesis
The City of Zürich has a long history of traffic policies favouring public transport over individual traffic, considerable research has been done about this topic. Nevertheless – as in all bigger cities – problems with the private vehicle traffic exist and have to be dealt with. The Limmatquai, a street going parallel to the Bahnhofstrasse but alongside the river Limmat, is at the moment during the peak traffic hours filled up with cars, with the trams stuck in between. This spoils the otherwise beautiful promenade. After long discussions and a failed attempt, the people of Zürich voted 1999 in a ballot that this situation should be changed and part of the Limmatquai should be closed. In the scope of this master thesis the historical events leading to this decision as well as in the same context the traffic policies of the City and the Canton of Zürich are investigated. A detailed microscopic simulation model of the area directly surrounding the Limmatquai, reaching from Central over Heimplatz to Bellevueplatz, is created with the help of the simulation software VISSIM (PTV AG, 2001). The present work examines whether the envisioned changes to the traffic flow can be handled by the alternative routes together with the planned measures. For this different scenarios for the situation before and after the closure are modelled. This work builds up on previous projects done at the IVT, specifically an assignment model of the City of Zürich (see [Müller, 2002]) and a small part of the area already modelled in VISSIM (see [Angst, 2002]). The results of this thesis suggest that the proposed measures are sufficient to justify the closure of the Limmtaquai. Furthermore concrete suggestions for improvements are given and critical spots in the area highlighted. The created model presents a good basis for further analysis and testing of alternative solutions Show more
PublisherIVT, ETH Zürich
SubjectZürich; Limmatquai-closure; Traffic planning; Microscopic model; VISSIM; ETH Zürich; Institut für Verkehrsplanung und Transporttechnik, Strassen- und Eisenbahnbau (IVT)
Organisational unit03521 - Axhausen, Kay W.
02226 - NSL - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft / NSL - Network City and Landscape
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