Institute for Transport Studies

Temporal Homogenization Of Traffic Loads (Reducing Traffic Congestion)

  • contact:

    Dr.-Ing. Bastian Chlond
    Dr. Clotilde Minster

  • funding: SVI – Schweizerische Vereinigung der Verkehrsingenieure und Verkehrsexperten
  • Partner: Institut für Wirtschaftsstudien Basel AG , SNZ Ingenieure und Planer AG
  • startdate:

    07/2014

  • enddate:

    07/2015

Problem


Traffic congestion causes economic inefficiency, waste of time, and degrades the environment. One way to reduce traffic congestion is to expand the total capacity of the road system; this solution however implies high financial and environmental costs.


Solution approach


The goal of this project is to suggest anticongestion measures and evaluate their impacts in Switzerland. Public acceptability of road pricing is limited and, as said, infrastructure expansion implies high costs. Therefore this project aims to examine policy measures that may be implemented to reduce the excess demand during identified limited times (peak-hours). These measures will be related to transport policy, urban planning, as well as social-political issues.