INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS AND COLLECTIVE EFFECTS IN A SIMULATED TRAFFIC SYSTEM.

Hani S. Mahmassani*, Gang Len Chang, Robert Herman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper presents an experimental approach involving real commuters, whereby a traffic simulation model is used to predict congestion patterns under given departure distributions resulting from the actual decisions of the individual participants. These decisions are updated daily, in response to information on prior system performance predicted by the simulation model. The results of this experiment are described in this paper, with emphasis on the system's evolution and dynamic properties, particularly convergence. In addition, concentration and congestion patterns as well as the associated travel time variability are addressed. Initial insights into the processes underlying user behavior in this system are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-271
Number of pages14
JournalTransportation Science
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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