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Proposed Mapping System Could Reduce Congestion by Improving Road Network Utilization

Posted: May 28, 2020

Online mapping systems offer route guidance for travelers, but may also increase congestion as increasing volumes of traffic are routed to vital network corridors. Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver developed an enhanced approach with the objective of optimizing global road network utilization by selecting from a set of generally fair user route alternatives. In traffic simulations with a network congestion minimizing objective using road networks in the cities of Rye and Golden Colorado, the approached improved travel times by about 12%. The researchers suggested that the approach could be implemented as a mobile and/or desktop application sponsored by local or state agencies and offered to the general public.

Farnoush Banaei-Kashani, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver

Route Planning for Enhanced Transportation Network Utilization: A System Optimization Approach for Route Planning in Advanced Traveler Information Systems

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