Networks and Spatial Economics

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 481–502 | Cite as

Behavioral Calibration and Analysis of a Large-Scale Travel Microsimulation

  • Gunnar FlötterödEmail author
  • Yu Chen
  • Kai Nagel


This article reports on the calibration and analysis of a fully disaggregate (agent-based) transport simulation for the metropolitan area of Zurich. The agent-based simulation goes beyond traditional transport models in that it equilibrates not only route choice but all-day travel behavior, including departure time choice and mode choice. Previous work has shown that the application of a novel calibration technique that adjusts all choice dimensions at once from traffic counts yields cross-validation results that are competitive with any state-of-the-art four-step model. While the previous study aims at a methodological illustration of the calibration method, this work focuses on the real-world scenario, and it elaborates on the usefulness of the obtained results for further demand analysis purposes.


Multi-agent simulation Dynamic traffic assignment Disaggregate demand calibration Real-world application 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transport and Mobility Laboratory (TRANSP-OR)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Transport Systems Planning and Transport Telematics LaboratoryBerlin Institute of TechnologyBerlinGermany

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