Urban university campus transportation and parking planning through a dynamic traffic simulation and assignment approach

Brenda I. Bustillosa, Jeffrey Shelton, Yi Chang Chiu

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Many urban university campuses are considered major trip attractors. Considering the multimodal and complex nature of university campus transportation planning and operation, this paper proposes a dynamic traffic simulation and assignment analysis approach and demonstrates how such a methodology can be successfully applied. Central to the research is the estimation of trip origin-destinations and the calibration of a parking lot choice model. Dynamic simulation is utilized to simulate multiple modes of transportation within the transportation network while further assigning these modes with respect to various mode-specific roadway accessibilities. A multiple vehicle-class simulation analysis for planning purposes becomes a critical capability to predict how faculty and staff who once parked within the campus core choose other nearby alternate parking lots. The results highlight the effectiveness of the proposed approach in providing integrated and reliable solutions for challenging questions that face urban university campus planners and local transportation jurisdictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-197
Number of pages21
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011



  • Dynamic traffic assignment
  • Microscopic simulation
  • Parking lot choice model
  • Transportation planning
  • University campus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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