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Travel Time Variability After A Shock: The Case Of The Twin Cities Ramp Meter Shut Off

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  • Lei Zhang
  • David Levinson

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

Abstract

Ramp meters in the Twin Cities were turned off for 8 weeks in the Fall of 2000. This paper analyzes travel time variability with and without ramp metering for several representative freeways during the afternoon peak period. Travel time variability is generally reduced with metering. However, it is found that ramp meters are particularly helpful for long trips relative to short trips. The benefits from reducing travel time variability with meters are on the order of 37% of the benefits from reducing average travel time.

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  • Lei Zhang & David Levinson, 2001. "Travel Time Variability After A Shock: The Case Of The Twin Cities Ramp Meter Shut Off," Working Papers 200309, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:variability
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    Keywords

    Freeway Operations; Ramp Meters; Travel Time Variability Before-and-after study; Ramp Metering System; Variable Message Signs (VMS); Freeway Service Patrol; Highway Helper Program.;

    JEL classification:

    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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