Optimization of Emergency Traffic Patrols (ETP) Operations

Effective incident management relies on many tools to lessen the overall impact of crashes, road debris, and disabled vehicles. Many urban areas have adopted freeway service patrol (FSP) programs that patrol the freeway network searching for incidents, providing aid to motorists, and assisting with incident management and clearance. FSP management must consider the beat configuration, fleet size, and fleet allocation. The beat configuration is how the network is divided into different parts for patrolling, and each part is called a beat. The beat configuration, fleet size, and fleet allocation need to be determined for designing a network for FSP program. This research presents a comprehensive mixed-integer programming model to design the network for freeway service patrol programs. This model aims to concurrently determine the beat structure, fleet size, and allocation of trucks to beats, to minimize incident delay while the operational cost is considered, as well. The proposed model is tested using data from part of the Tarrant County Courtesy Patrol (CP) network in Texas. Also, to explore the problem with field data and real-size networks, the proposed model and developed heuristics are applied to part of the freeway network in Maryland covered by Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). Results indicate that a

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $140000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A43551747123

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University of Maryland, College Park

    College Park, MD  United States  20742

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Coldspring Lane
    Baltimore, Maryland  United States  21251

    Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

    707 North Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Urban Mobility and Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Urban Mobility and Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Principal Investigators:

    Haghani, Ali

    Jeihani, Mansoureh

  • Start Date: 20171101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190400
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01650135
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility and Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 31 2017 2:34PM