This study was performed to examine the relationship between dynamic traffic information and driver's route choice behavior when non-recurrent events cause traffic jams. To enhance the effectiveness and applicability of the information system as a traffic control measure, it is important to investigate the influence of the software aspects of a dynamic traffic information system; these software aspects include information content and the timing of information delivery. This study was undertaken to investigate whether providing drivers with dynamic traffic information might relieve traffic jams and improve travel time reliability. A questionnaire survey was conducted to obtain data regarding the respondents' attitudes to detours and their stated preference (SP) of route choice behavior. These data are used to analyze the characteristics of drivers who show negative and positive attitudes to detours, including driver information usage and knowledge about the alternative routes. Also, this study analyzes the relation between the way to provide drivers with information and driver's decision-making on route using the SP data. Especially, the analytical attentions are paid to the influences of both timing and contents of information provided upon the respondent' route choices.
This study was supported by grants from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan. The authors are grateful to the members of the Committee of Road Transport Informatics for Improving Efficiency (ROTIIE), part of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, for their helpful suggestions. We are indebted to Hanshin Expressway Public Corporation and the Institute of Urban Transport Planning Co., Ltd. for conducting the questionnaire survey.
Uno, N., Iida, Y., Kawaratani, S. and Suganuma, M. (2003), "An Analysis of Potential of Providing Information on Traffic Accident to Enhance Travel Time Reliability", Bell, M.G.H. and Iida, Y. (Ed.) The Network Reliability of Transport, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 189-208. https://doi.org/10.1108/9781786359544-011Download as .RIS
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