No Reservations Or The Reservation Nation

This paper, using the short story format, illustrates the utility of a Reservation System to efficiently allocate travelers to scarce transportation resources. The story uses an analogy with the passenger air transportation system, where a reservation system for allocating travelers to seats in aircraft is used ubiquitously today, and shows the consequences of switching the resource allocation mechanism from “advance reservations” to “first-come-first-served”. The traveler's “freedom” to go to the airport whenever he or she wishes, without first having to make a reservation, is shown to be hollow. The implication for congested surface transportation links are left for the reader to imagine at the end of the story.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2009 11:01AM