A traffic signal and loop detector dataset of an urban intersection regulated by a fully actuated signal control system

Alexander Genser, Michail A. Makridis, Kaidi Yang, Lukas Abmühl, Monica Menendez, Anastasios Kouvelas

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Fully actuated signal controls are becoming increasingly popular in modern urban environments, attempting to reduce congestion locally, synchronize flows, or prioritize specific types of vehicles. This trend is expected to grow as more vehicles are expected to communicate via Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication. The presented dataset contains cleaned observations from a fully actuated signal control system with priority for public transportation. Time series data of traffic signals that regulate vehicle, public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic flows are available, showing where a traffic signal operates in a red or green phase. Also, loop detector data representing the occupancy at several locations at an urban intersection in Zurich, Switzerland is available. The data of all traffic signals and loop detectors corresponds to January and February 2019 and has a resolution of 1 s. Recent advances in transportation science show novel approaches for signalized intersections, but most publications assess their methodology on self-collected or simulated data. Therefore, the presented dataset aims at facilitating the development, calibration, and validation of novel methodological developments for modeling, estimation, forecasting, and other tasks in traffic engineering. Furthermore, it can be used as a real-world benchmark dataset for objectively comparing different methodologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109117
JournalData in Brief
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • Fully actuated systems
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Loop detectors
  • Signal control systems
  • Traffic signals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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