Enhancing Commuter Travel Choices through a Coordinated Transit, Ridesharing and Traffic Management Strategy

Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) is a broad concept that combines dynamic real-time traffic management strategies with strategies that influence travel demand before it gets to the network. One example of ATDM is the concept of Multimodal Expressways. A Multimodal Expressway system introduces new travel choices for suburban commuters in major metropolitan areas relatively quickly and inexpensively. The entire existing limited-access highway system provides for free flow of carpool vehicles and buses by temporarily slowing down or aggressively metering excess traffic at freeway entrance ramps as well as on the freeway mainline at a series of concentric “cordon” locations around the core of the metropolitan area. At these locations, travel lanes are created on the shoulder and restricted for use by buses and high-occupancy vehicles with three or more persons, allowing them to by-pass the slower moving metered general-purpose traffic. A multi-centered Bus Rapid Transit system is created to serve commute trips between suburban residential areas and major employment centers. The transit system is supplemented by a flexible carpooling system. After the basic system is in place, variable peak period tolls are introduced to encourage further mode shifts and help pay for system costs.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
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  • Authors:
    • DeCorla-Souza, Patrick
    • Arnold, Robert
    • Berman, Wayne
    • Halkias, John
    • Buck, Darren
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  • Publication Date: 2011


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Glossary; References;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: 18th ITS World Congress, Orlando, 2011. Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01449643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2012 3:53PM