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Integrating Feedback into the Transportation Planning Mode

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  • David Levinson


    (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

  • Ajay Kumar

This research develops and applies a new structure for the transportation planning model that includes feedback between demand, assignment, and traffic control. New methods, combined with a renewed interest in transportation planning models prompted by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, warrant a reconsideration of the traditional "four-step" transportation planning model. This paper presents an algorithm for feedback which results in consistent travel times as input to travel demand and output from route assignment. The model, including six stages of Trip Generation, Destination Choice, Mode Choice, Departure Time Choice, Route Assignment and Intersection Control is briefly outlined. This is followed by an application comparing a base year 1990 application with a forecast year of 2010. The 2010 forecast is solved both with and without feedback for comparison purposes. Incorporation of feedback gives significantly different results than the standard model.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 199404.

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Date of creation: 1994
Publication status: Published in Transportation Research Record #1413 70-77.
Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:feedback
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  2. Smith, M. J., 1981. "The existence of an equilibrium solution to the traffic assignment problem when there are junction interactions," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 15(6), pages 443-451, December.
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