Quick link selection method by using pricing strategy based on user equilibrium for implementing an effective urban travel demand management

Shahriar Afandizadeh Zargari, Hamid Mirzahossein, Yi Chang Chiu

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This paper presents a two-stage model of optimization as a quick method to choose the best potential links for implementing urban travel demand management (UTDM) strategy like road pricing. The model is optimized by minimizing the hidden cost of congestion based on user equilibrium (MHCCUE). It forecasts the exact amount of flows and tolls for links in user equilibrium condition to determine the hidden cost for each link to optimize the link selection based on the network congestion priority. The results show that not only the amount of total cost is decreased, but also the number of selected links for pricing is reduced as compared with the previous toll minimization methods. Moreover, as this model just uses the traffic assignment data for calculation, it could be considered as a quick and optimum solution for choosing the potential links.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-614
Number of pages10
JournalPromet - Traffic - Traffico
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • Congestion
  • Hidden cost
  • Link selection method
  • Minimization
  • Urban travel demand management (UTDM)
  • User equilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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