Document Type


Date of Award



College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (COSET)

Degree Name

MS in Transportation Planning & Management

First Advisor

Professor Carol A. Lewis


The purpose of this research is to determine how using an Integration Model simulation (traffic software) to analyze an urban freeway problem compares to assessments done by others. The author seeks to determine whether this information will contribute to the body of knowledge for decision making on how best to improve the freeway. The study will take into consideration designs other than simply adding more lanes in order to alleviate traffic by getting more people off the roads and into other modes of transportations, specifically a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The author takes into consideration that there are many traffic simulation models that exist but sees that the INTEGRAnON which is considered to have both a macroscopic and microscopic capabilities, has advantages to explore. This research study will address the components of IX simulation modeling which will provide background data and information leading to an improved mobility system. The study will also concentrate on whether the BRT is capable of altering traffic issues that exist on a major south freeway (SH 288) in the Houston area. On completion of the research it was determined that BRT should be considered as a mode of transportation to alleviate traffic congestion along the SH 288 corridor namely TxDOT and METRO can consider BRT as a viable option. Also, INTEGRATION can be used to obtain unmet/unconstrained demand.