PREVALENCE OF BRAESS' PARADOX

In a noncongested transportation network where each user chooses the quickest route, the creation of an additional route between some origin-destination pair clearly cannot result in an increase in travel time to users traveling between o-d pair. It seems reasonable to assume the same can be said of congested networks. In 1968, D. Braess presented a remarkable example demonstrating that this is not the case: a new route can increase travel time for all. The present paper gives, under reasonable assumptions, necessary and sufficient conditions for 'Braess' Paradox' to occur in a general transportation network.

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    Operations Research Society of America

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  • Authors:
    • Steinberg, R
    • Zangwill, W I
  • Publication Date: 1983-8

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  • Accession Number: 00381971
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM