Decentralized Management of Urban Transportation

This research was intended to explore new ways of thinking about urban transportation given the advent of advanced technology such as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). ITS has now been on the U.S. scene since the late 1980s, so we have two decades of domestic experience with this technology (Japan and western Europe have more). ITS has certainly had an impact in urban transportation from a tactical point of view. Using ITS technologies to manage the urban transportation network (for example, incident detection and removal, variable speed limits and congestion charging) is well established (although we are still learning). Also, ITS technologies can provide real-time travel information for people in their automobiles, as well as while using (or planning to use) public transportation. These concepts are well understood, and a variety of their applications and variants have appeared around the United States and the rest of the world. This research aspired to take ITS to the next level by considering longer term effects. The idea was to study how the “institutional architecture” might be changed in an urban area in order to take fuller advantage of ITS-generated information.

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    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Authors:
    • Sussman, Joseph
  • Publication Date: 2009-12-1


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  • Accession Number: 01152831
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: MITR18-2
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  • Created Date: Mar 15 2010 12:32PM