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Title: Coordinated Perimeter Flow and Variable Speed Limit Control for Mixed Freeway and Urban Networks
Recent studies have leveraged the existence of network macroscopic fundamental diagrams (MFD) to develop regional control strategies for urban traffic networks. Existing MFD-based control strategies focus on vehicle movement within and across regions of an urban network and do not consider how freeway traffic can be controlled to improve overall traffic operations in mixed freeway and urban networks. The purpose of this study is to develop a coordinated traffic management scheme that simultaneously implements perimeter flow control on an urban network and variable speed limits (VSL) on a freeway to reduce total travel time in such a mixed network. By slowing down vehicles traveling along the freeway, VSL can effectively meter traffic exiting the freeway into the urban network. This can be particularly useful since freeways often have large storage capacities and vehicles accumulating on freeways might be less disruptive to overall system operations than on urban streets. VSL can also be used to change where freeway vehicles enter the urban network to benefit the entire system. The combined control strategy is implemented in a model predictive control framework with several realistic constraints, such as gradual reductions in freeway speed limit. Numerical tests suggest that the combined implementation of VSL and perimeter metering control can improve traffic operations compared with perimeter metering alone.  more » « less
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Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
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National Science Foundation
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