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Emergent hypercongestion in Vickrey bottleneck networks

Frascaria, Dario, Olver, Neil ORCID: 0000-0001-8897-5459 and Verhoef, Erik (2020) Emergent hypercongestion in Vickrey bottleneck networks. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 139. 523 - 538. ISSN 0191-2615

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.trb.2020.07.010


Hypercongestion—the phenomenon that higher traffic densities can reduce throughput—is well understood at the link level, but has also been observed in a macroscopic form at the level of traffic networks; for instance, in morning rush-hour traffic into a downtown core. In this paper, we show that macroscopic hypercongestion can occur as a purely emergent effect of dynamic equilibrium behavior on a network, even if the underlying link dynamics (we consider Vickrey bottlenecks with spaceless vertical queues) do not exhibit hypercongestion.

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Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 12:18
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 01:15

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