The value of waitSteps counts the number of simulation steps in which a
vehicle was waiting. So if your vehicle waits for 3 seconds and you
simulation with --step-length 0.2 that would be 15 waitSteps.
In the latest development version, the attribute waitSteps is replaced with
waitingTime which is measured in seconds. (

The value of tau determines the desired time-headway between successive
vehicles. The exact usage of this value depends on the car following model

To model different perception-reaction times, see


2018-04-10 2:50 GMT+02:00 Rahimi, Tariq Rahim <

> Hello everyone,
> When I output the tripinfo, it says waitSteps= an integer value. How can I
> get this or the total waiting time for each vehicle in seconds? Also, how
> can I calculate a queue length?
> What is the concept of time Step? when I generate a route file with 12
> vehicles departing at the same time step but in different time frame, such
> as the first vehicle departs at 0 seconds, the second at 3rd second, the
> third one in 6th second but they all are departing at the same time step.
> Here, the time step in 9 seconds. 10 minutes later, there are 5 vehicles
> departing at the same time step and the time step there becomes 5 seconds.
> What can I make of time step if I want to calculate the waiting time at an
> intersection?
> Also, any ideas on what does tau trigger? what file can I find it's source
> code and what functions are related to it? I want to simulate different
> perception-reaction times (0.5 second, 1 second, 2 seconds), How should I
> go for it?
> Thank you,
> * ------------------------------------- Tariq R Rahimi*
> Graduate Student
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