Functional ITS Design Issues

  • Robert L. Gordon


Chapter 3 discusses a number of topics that form the conceptual framework and the building blocks for developing ITS designs. Topics include:
  • Relationship of ITS design approaches to general transportation planning principles. The impacts of volume, speed, density, capacity issues, recurrent and non-recurrent congestion are introduced and discussed. Insights into the decisions that influence how motorists make diversion choices to alternate routes are presented.

  • Performance and benefit assessment. Performance measures for evaluation of ITS design alternatives are needed. Therefore marginal analysis and multi-attribute utility analysis are described and illustrated as examples of alternatives to the use of traditional cost benefit analysis.

  • Alternatives for functional analysis. The need for an alternatives analysis is presented along with a discussion of the constraints that typically affect alternative options. A matrix identifying the relationship of ITS management concepts to project objectives is presented in order to facilitate consideration of the appropriate ITS treatment to achieve these objectives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Gordon
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  1. 1.Plainview NYUSA

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