Optimized Development Of Urban Transportation Networks (Core Project)

Project Abstract

This report presents improved methods for planning and scheduling interrelated improvements in transportation networks. Due to the complexity of the relevant evaluation functions, which cannot be optimized with classical calculus techniques, the proposed methods rely on customized genetic algorithms for optimizing the selection, sequencing and scheduling of the interrelated alternatives. Three applications to urban transportation networks are presented in journal papers which are included in appendices. The papers demonstrate the applicability of the proposed methods to urban road networks, to intersections in urban road networks and to the development of urban rail transit networks.

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Outputs and Outcomes

The methods developed and tested in this project are already usable for evaluating, selecting and scheduling interrelated network improvement projects.

Universities and Sponsoring Organizations Involved

University of Maryland, College Park

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary-Research

Principal Investigator(s)

Paul Schonfeld (UMD), Email: pschon@umd.edu

Funding Sources and Amounts

USDOT: $36,000, University of Maryland: $36,000 (Match)

Completion Date

May 2019


Network Development, Network Optimization, Project Scheduling, Interrelated Projects