Design and Management of Flexible Transportation Networks through the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Design and operation of transportation systems is complicated by multiple uncertainties , including uncertainties in future traffic demand, mode splits between private autos and transit, freight volumes. and political and economic factors Creating and evaluating a flexible transportation system that can dynamically adapt to changing future conditions is a goal of this research. In particular, we aim to determine if certain Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) architectures and technologies centered on various managed lane concepts can be used to create flexibility in a transportation network. This research applies concepts from the areas of transportation system design, ITS, flexible systems and political economy to design and evaluate flexible transportation systems, as well as identify and understand challenges associated with them, through the application of quantitative traffic demand modeling and simulations, qualitative interviews of transportation practitioners and the creation of a generalizable framework for designing flexible systems. The research described in this proposal aims to develop the concept of using Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) architectures and technologies to create a flexible transportation system for the purpose of better coping with the various types of uncertainty associated with transportation systems. Researchers and practitioners have contended that, properly designed, ITS capabilities offer the ability to respond flexibly to changes in circumstances and that this flexibility has value above and beyond the inherent value of ITS in improving transportation system performance. This project will describe and quantify how ITS can be used to create and value flexibility in responding to changes in medium term operations and long term transportation usage trends. Further, our wok will describe possible implementation barriers and suggest solutions for overcoming these barriers.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Sussman, Joseph

    • Start Date: 20060901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 19621

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466322
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0001, MITR19-6
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:14PM