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Reaching a destination earlier by starting later: Revisited


  • Qian, Chen
  • Chan, Ching-Yuen
  • Yung, Kai-Leung


This paper simulates a dynamic traffic network by embedding an extra nonlinear delay function to represent traffic lights (or a similar regular delay) in each arc (or link), and it was shown that a late start driver may catch up with one who started earlier, subject only to the condition that they pick the same path (or the same shortest path), and overtaking will never be made. Moreover, a theoretical lower bound value to guarantee the sustainability of the FIFO principle in a dynamic traffic network was also derived.

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  • Qian, Chen & Chan, Ching-Yuen & Yung, Kai-Leung, 2011. "Reaching a destination earlier by starting later: Revisited," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(5), pages 641-647, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:47:y:2011:i:5:p:641-647

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    1. Yang, Lixing & Zhou, Xuesong, 2017. "Optimizing on-time arrival probability and percentile travel time for elementary path finding in time-dependent transportation networks: Linear mixed integer programming reformulations," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 96(C), pages 68-91.


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