An innovative and practical approach to reduce road congestion

Road traffic congestion poses a challenge with growth in traffic volumes in many cities around the world as populations continue to rise. Rising traffic congestion is an inescapable condition in large and growing metropolitan areas across the world and any expansions of major arterial roads and freeways capacity may soon be swamped by more vehicles generated by the added population. The trend puts significant pressure on both State and Federal governments to tackle the problem of congestion and atmospheric pollution via building more roads, widening the existing roads, trying to change land use patterns, applying congestion charging and encouraging people to make greater use of public transport, cycling and walking. Despite all the efforts, the level of congestion is on the rise worldwide and the prospect of falling seemed to be very slim unless some radical changes in the current patterns of transport are applied. This paper provides a conceptual framework as a guide to reduce congestion on freeways and arterial roads by making the ship-to-rail direct loading at port practical and deliver freight by rail to designated distribution centres. Trucks, the second leg of road transport, will deliver the freight to the final destination within 30 minutes. Further, the paper methodically applied the 'Inbound Flow Control' of traffic in the network, using the traffic engineering methodology, to sensibly distribute the traffic volume before the motorists experienced the 'nowhere to go' condition. Some experimental results are presented to support the concept set forth.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 955-965
  • Monograph Title: WEC2019: World Engineers Convention, 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 7

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  • Accession Number: 01745488
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • ISBN: 9781925627251
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2020 11:52AM