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Was traffic simulator somehow a step backwards?

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I was using NAM 2009 (and corresponding traffic simulator) for quite a while, somewhat oblivious to the existence of a newer version.

One thing I liked about it was Sims would actually prefer to use avenues when given the opportunity, which is what most real drivers would do, also.

Since changing to this Version 29 (is that what it is called?), I'm seeing 800 people cramming down a side road when a nicely-developed avenue a few blocks away that gets them more directly to their destination goes pretty much unused.

Which is how it used to be in Vanilla (un-NAM'd) SimCity, too,

a) Has this changed? b) Am I doing something wrong? c) Is there a way to adjust it to make them prefer avenues more and roads less?

I am willing to re-install or try something different. The thing is, I like the other new changes made in the NAM. Is it possible to use an older traffic sim with the newer NAM?

I will appreciate the wisdom of someone who knows more about this than me.

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There was no one "NAM 2009", really . . . there were actually 4 NAM releases that year (January, March, June and July--Versions 24, 25, 26, and 27).  There were also about 20 different simulator plugins included in those versions.  As of the May 2010 release (Version 28), we went to a single simulator with five different capacity levels and released a Traffic Simulator Configuration Tool (TSCT) for adjusting that simulator.

Wiimeiser's suggestion has merit--if you've selected a version that has a high enough capacity, it may be that the game isn't seeing the Roads as being disadvantageous compared to Avenues at those capacity levels and to that end, continues just using the Roads. Other installation errors (installing a second traffic simulator somewhere, including a plugin that modifies the simulator without advertising it) are possible as well.

We do still offer some of our older simulator plugins in the "Previous NAM Simulators" package.  However, these simulators are available on an "at your own risk" basis, and are no longer recommended or supported by the NAM Team.  To that end, it is highly recommended you use the simulator packages in the most recent NAM.  The current NAM Traffic Simulator has been designed specifically to work with some newer NAM Plugins, such as the RealHighway Mod (RHW), Network Widening Mod (NWM), and Turn Lane Extension Pieces (TuLEPs), and an older simulator (especially Simulators C, D and E--the old "Standard", "Better Pathfinding" and "Perfect Pathfinding" plugins) will not allow for proper functionality.

You can actually adjust the properties of the current NAM simulator with the Traffic Simulator Configuration Tool (TSCT) as well--that may be a viable option for you as well.

-Alex (Tarkus)

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