This chapter describes how congestion is everywhere. It arises in human activities of all kinds, and its consequences are usually negative. Peak demands for goods and services can often exceed the rate at which those demands can be met, creating delay. That delay can take the form of supermarket checkout lines, long waits for a table at a popular restaurant, and after-work crowds at the gym. Yet the context in which we most often hear of congestion posing a serious problem, to ourselves and to our economy, is the movement of people and goods. Engineers, economists, operations, researchers, and others have considered the problem of congestion for many years. The confluence of growing traveler frustration, technological innovations, and inspirational traffic management policies from around the world provide added momentum for the modifications needed to moderate and, ideally, eliminate this recurring problem and loss. This chapter examines congestion's defining characteristics, its consequences, and possible solutions.

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  • Authors:
    • Kockelman, K
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00988750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0071391223
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2005 12:00AM