In the year
2012 A.D. highway dynamics appears to be a result of individual drivers simply
trying to minimize their travel time and drive in a way that only benefits them.
This is known as User Equilibrium solution, because it creates a
condition on the roadway that stabilizes to a point where every user achieves
about the same efficiency, with nobody receiving an unfair advantage. If some
users are willing to let others cut in front of them or allow others to take a
faster route, these maneuvers could result in an overall increase in travel time
for the local highway network. If all vehicles follow rules to overall reduce
the travel time on the highway, this is described as a System Optimal solution
to the highways. It should be of no surprise that a system optimal scenario rarely happens on roadways. This will hopefully change!
- · Roll down your windows and wave to people when driving. Smile and startconversations with people at red lights.
Now back to the main issue in this post, transit operations have a slew of dedicated professional monitoring the transit network, and yet vehicles have nothing of the sort to help clear the highways. If a monitoring system (or crowd sourced solution) on the highways could help dispatch a tow truck to a driver in need to help solve a slowdown, the freeways would operate at a higher capacity and people would be more likely to drive on the same route again tomorrow!