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30100-1 Report Abstract

Feasibility of Real-Time Motorist Information Systems Using Computer Display Terminals in Urban Areas in Texas

Beverly A. Thompson and Nada Trout, Texas A&M University, August 1993, 148 pp.

This study addresses the feasibility of providing real-time motorist information utilizing computer display terminals at the work place. Dynamic, real-time motorist information at the work place is an integral part of an advanced highway management system. Providing drivers the option to alter departure times and travel routes for commute trips contributes to optimizing the use of the existing transportation network. This optimization translates into decreased urban congestion, driver delay, and fuel consumption. However, few such traffic information systems exist in Texas urban areas. This study addresses their feasibility in Texas so as to maximize the impact on major urban freeway corridors to reduce congestion. Criteria are also needed for implementing such systems in a cost-effective manner as well as providing the real-time information in a format that ensures ease of use and efficient transmittal of pertinent information. The target group includes employment facilities housing drivers who generally travel in major urban freeway corridors in five Texas urban areas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

Keywords: IVHS, Real-Time Information, Motorist, Computer Display Terminals, Urban Freeway Corridors, Congestion, Transportation Management, Work Place, Benefits

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