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Sensor Web Design Studies for Realtime Dynamic Congestion Pricing

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Executive Summary

Traffic Congestion is a multi-billion dollar national problem and worsening every year with population growth and increase in freight traffic. The Authors present a model for realistic simulation studies to mitigate congestion in urban areas using dynamic congestion pricing on express toll lanes. Specifically, they identify and address the design issues needed to develop a real time event driven sensor web observing system for traffic monitoring that provides dynamic congestion pricing. To assess the feasibility of this sensor web system, they are in the process of conducting simulation studies based on real data for various system configurations to validate the mitigating impact of dynamic congestion pricing on inter modal freight flow to and from the ports in urban areas.

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