Experiments with departure time choice dynamics of urban commuters

Hani S. Mahmassani*, Gang Len Chang

*Corresponding author for this work

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A modeling framework is presented for investigating the dynamic properties of a system of commuters located along a highway facility. The day-to-day evolution of the time-dependent user departure patterns and associated system performance are investigated in a series of simulation experiments. User departure time decisions are modeled through the use of simple heuristics, including mechanisms to incorporate the experience accumulated through repeated use of the facility. The performance of the facility given the users' decisions is obtained from a special-purpose macroscopic traffic simulation model. Alternative user choice rules and learning models are explored as to their effect on system performance and its dynamic properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-320
Number of pages24
JournalTransportation Research Part B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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