Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Bhat, Sudarshana C. S. URN etd-08012012-040522 Title Evaluation of Tidewater district's operations improvements program Degree Master of Science Department Civil Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Drew, Donald R. Committee Chair Trani, Antonio A. Committee Member Walker, Richard D. Committee Member Keywords
- Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (Va.)
Date of Defense 1989-12-05 Availability restricted AbstractThe increasing congestion on the roads in the United States of America has become a topic
of much interest among the transportation planners. There is a limit to which there can be
building of new highways. Thus, the thrust for better utilization of the existing facilities is
gaining ground. This research project is aimed at a solution to problems of increasing travel
times due to congestion.
A case study of the toll road (Route 44) in the tidewater region of Virginia has been made as
an example of the common method of relieving congestion, ridesharing, which is being encouraged.
The failure of the proper maintenance of the HOV lanes on the Route 44 leading to
the subsequent rescinding of the same has been looked into. The use of DYNAMO programming
was made in order to simulate the conditions on the toll road and to get an idea of the
various alternatives which could be used to take care of the problem. On the basis of the
simulations carried out, and taking into account the views held by the commuters who did not
form a part of the ridesharing community, a method in which authorities could give an advantage
as far as travel time is concerned, has been proposed.
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