Traffic equilibration: The case of the twin cities ramp meter shut off

David M Levinson, Atif Sheikh

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Abstract

In Fall 2000, more than 430 ramp meters in the Twin Cities metropolitan area were shut down in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the metering system. This shutdown disturbed normal traffic patterns and thus traffic equilibrium. This paper examines how long it takes to establish a new equilibrium after a shock to the system, and thus establishes the basis for how long traffic studies should be carried out, as transportation analysts are generally concerned with comparing two equilibrium conditions. While traffic seems to be tending toward an equilibrium by the end of the 8 week shut-down, it has not yet converged to one. More research is needed to examine the question of whether and how equilibria form, and we need to examine longer time periods for analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ICTTS
PagesX580-587
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event3rd International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ICTTS 2002 - Guilin, China
Duration: Jul 23 2002Jul 25 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ICTTS

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ICTTS 2002
CountryChina
CityGuilin
Period7/23/027/25/02

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