Disruptions to Transportation Networks: A Review

  • Shanjiang Zhu
  • David M. Levinson
Conference paper
Part of the Transportation Research, Economics and Policy book series (TRES)


Travel decisions may be very stable in a familiar environment. Major network disruptions such as the I-35W bridge collapse disrupt habitual behavior. Such “natural” experiments provide unique opportunities for behavioral studies, but the time window for such studies is limited. A well-developed methodology is crucial for both data collection and analysis, and thus the soundness of behavioral models, especially in such a limited time window. Therefore, this paper reviews both theoretical and empirical studies on traffic and behavioral impacts of network disruptions. Findings from this paper offer prospective ideas about capturing the impacts of network disruption.


Travel Behavior Route Choice Travel Demand Public Transit Travel Pattern 
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This material is based on the work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0825768, BRIDGE: Behavioral Response to the I-35W Disruption: Gauging Equilibration and Grant No. 0753580, SGER: Responding to the Unexpected: Understanding Travelers’ Behavioral Choices in the Wake of the Mississippi River Bridge Collapse; Minnesota Department of Transportation project Traffic Flow and Road User Impacts of the Collapse of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River; and the University of Minnesota Metropolitan Consortium. We would also like to thank Henry Liu, Kathleen Harder, John Bloomfield, Saif Jabari, and Adam Dancyzk. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, Minnesota Department of Transportation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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