Hypernetwork Generation for Multi-modal Transportation System Modeling

Transportation systems today must be designed to consider sustainability and livability alongside mobility and safety. Multi-modal integration of the transportation system is a crucial component of meeting the national grand challenge of creating a resilient and sustainable transportation infrastructure. Current models and methods of addressing transportation network design problems tend to be unimodal in scope and therefore limited with respect to addressing these grand challenges. The design, construction and maintenance of the transportation system is a $78 billion/year effort, not including private investments. The results of this investment are increasingly being measured against integrated multi-modal goals though the systems themselves are typically planned in a disconnected process. This proposal challenges this traditional notion of transportation network design - by laying the groundwork for developing comprehensive, multi-modal models of transportation network design. This research addresses the problem of planning multi-modal transportation network infrastructure where network representation is not limited to the physical components, but is expanded to include traveling strategies through the use of hypernetworks. It synthesizes a variety of fields of knowledge regarding robust network design and travel behavior. If we hope to meet the grand challenge of a resilient and sustainable infrastructure, such tools must be developed and brought to bear. This work seeks to develop algorithms for the efficient generation of hypernetworks for transportation applications, and to test these hypernetworks as structural components of a multi-modal equilibrium assignment routine for network modeling.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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

      Lownes, Nicholas

    • Start Date: 20100901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 29322

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480736
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, UCNR23-3
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM