Learning from Traffic Data: Evacuation Behavior

The objective of this project is to develop access to real-time collection and analysis of traffic data that can be used to inform the evacuation planning process and enhance the efficiency of operations before and after a disaster presents an interesting opportunity. This work identifies ways to use traffic data to better understand evacuation behavior and to explore ways to integrate traffic data into evacuation planning and response. Analysis of this data is performed and the usefulness of this type of data is then discussed. Hurricane Irene provides a rich source of data on actual behavior during a mandatory evacuation that has important implications for future events including developing strategies for improving situational awareness, and post incident review and planning. These issues are important as the perceived increases in frequency and intensity of weather related events mean that there are increasing pressures to address evacuation issues. The use of traffic data will ultimately allow government to better plan and execute evacuations and help make the corridors used for evacuation more resilient.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $38372.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTRT06 G 0026

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Delaware Department of Transportation

      P.O. Box 778
      Dover, DE  United States  19901
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Delaware, Newark

      College of Engineering
      Newark, DE  United States  19711
    • Principal Investigators:

      McNeil, Sue

    • Start Date: 20120901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 30120830
    • Source Data: RiP Project 34372

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01483213
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Delaware Center for Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT06 G 0026
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jun 6 2013 1:01AM