MSc Thesis Proposal
Trip-oriented traffic control for urban ring roads
M. van den Berg
B. De Schutter
Keywords: traffic control, optimization
When congestion occurs on urban ring roads, this is often caused
by "disturbances" such as weaving or lane changing that
take place before or after on- and off-ramps.
Hence, to obtain a smoother traffic flow, there currently
is a trend in local traffic policies
to discourage the use of urban ringroads for local traffic
(i.e., for trips which have their origin and their destination
within the city center) and to reserve the ring road for
long distance traffic.
However, implementing such a policy in practice is not an
easy task in the current context (especially as road tolling
("rekeningrijden") will not be implemented in the foreseeable future).
The first aim of this project is to investigate how local traffic can be
discouraged from using the ring road using state-of-the-art
traffic control equipment: what kind of sensors are needed,
which actuators (ramp metering, variable speed limits,
dynamic route guidance, ...) can be used, which data should measured, etc.
Next, a suitable traffic model should be selected, and
an appropriate traffic control framework should be developed.
Figure: Illustration of the goal of trip-oriented
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