Waiting Tolerance: Ramp Delay Vs. Freeway Congestion

Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-13, January 2006

31 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2008

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David Matthew Levinson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kathleen Harder

Center for Design in Health & Human Factors Program

John Bloomfield,

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kathy Carlson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Waiting tolerance at ramp meters and travel time on the freewaywere measured using a computer administered stated preference (CASP) survey and a virtual experience stated preference (VESP) methodemploying a driving simulator.The selections varied in the number of minutes waiting at a ramp meter with vehicle speed once on the freeway. The subjects ranked the selections in order of preference. The results were statistically analyzed using a binary logit model controlling for demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, daily travel time, and personality scores.The results by the CASP method displayed a preference for freeway congestion to ramp delay, but opposite results were obtained by the VESP method. A number of reasons are posited to explain the difference, but the results indicate that method of stated preference data collection can significantly affect conclusions drawn.

Keywords: Ramp meters, Personality, Stated preference, Driving simulator, Travel time

Suggested Citation

Levinson, David Matthew and Harder, Kathleen and Bloomfield,, John and Carlson, Kathy, Waiting Tolerance: Ramp Delay Vs. Freeway Congestion. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091816

David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)

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Kathleen Harder

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John Bloomfield,

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Kathy Carlson

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