FLOW RATE (RATE OF FLOW)

In transportation, the number of units (passengers or vehicles) passing a point on a transportation facility during some period of time, usually counted or recomputed in units per hour. For example, if 8 buses pass a point in the first half hour and 15 in the second, the volume for the hour is 23. However, the flow rate for the first half hour is 16 buses/hr, and for the second half hour the flow is 30 buses/hr. See also Volume.