A ramp metering strategy for rapid congestion recovery

Jiang, Rui & Chung, Edward (2015) A ramp metering strategy for rapid congestion recovery. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 30(3), pp. 202-216.

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Abstract

Recurrent congestion caused by high commuter traffic is an irritation to motorway users. Ramp metering (RM) is the most effective motorway control means (M Papageorgiou & Kotsialos, 2002) for significantly reducing motorway congestion. However, given field constraints (e.g. limited ramp space and maximum ramp waiting time), RM cannot eliminate recurrent congestion during the increased long peak hours. This paper, therefore, focuses on rapid congestion recovery to further improve RM systems: that is, to quickly clear congestion in recovery periods. The feasibility of using RM for recovery is analyzed, and a zone recovery strategy (ZRS) for RM is proposed. Note that this study assumes no incident and demand management involved, i.e. no re-routing behavior and strategy considered. This strategy is modeled, calibrated and tested in the northbound model of the Pacific Motorway, Brisbane, Australia in a micro-simulation environment for recurrent congestion scenario, and evaluation results have justified its effectiveness.

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ID Code: 74447
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ramp metering, Congestion recovery
DOI: 10.1111/mice.12101
ISSN: 1467-8667
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Smart Transport Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2014 22:45
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2016 12:09

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