An investigation of the reliability of real-time information for route choice decisions in a congested traffic system

Hani S. Mahmassani*, Peter Shen Te Chen

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Abstract

This paper investigates the reliability of information on prevailing trip times on the links of a network as a basis for route choice decisions by individual drivers. It considers a type of information strategy in which no attempt is made by some central controller or coordinating entity to predict what the travel times on each link would be by the time it is reached by a driver that is presently at a given location. A specially modified model combining traffic simulation and path assignment capabilities is used to analyze the reliability of the real-time information supplied to the drivers. This is accomplished by comparing the supplied travel times (at the link and path levels) to the actual trip times experienced in the network after the information has been given. In addition, the quality of the decisions made by drivers on the basis of this information (under alternative path switching rules) is evaluated ex-post by comparing the actually experienced travel time (given the decision made) to the time that the driver would have experienced without the real-time information. Results of a series of simulation experiments under recurrent congestion conditions are discussed, illustrating the interactions between information reliability and user response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-178
Number of pages22
JournalTransportation
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993

Keywords

  • ATIS
  • IVHS
  • dynamic assignment
  • reliability
  • route guidance
  • traffic simulation
  • travel behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Transportation

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