Title page for ETD etd-08012012-040522

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bhat, Sudarshana C. S.
URN etd-08012012-040522
Title Evaluation of Tidewater district's operations improvements program
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Drew, Donald R. Committee Chair
Trani, Antonio A. Committee Member
Walker, Richard D. Committee Member
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway (Va.)
Date of Defense 1989-12-05
Availability restricted
The increasing congestion on the roads in the United States of America has become a topic

of much interest among the transportation planners. There is a limit to which there can be

building of new highways. Thus, the thrust for better utilization of the existing facilities is

gaining ground. This research project is aimed at a solution to problems of increasing travel

times due to congestion.

A case study of the toll road (Route 44) in the tidewater region of Virginia has been made as

an example of the common method of relieving congestion, ridesharing, which is being encouraged.

The failure of the proper maintenance of the HOV lanes on the Route 44 leading to

the subsequent rescinding of the same has been looked into. The use of DYNAMO programming

was made in order to simulate the conditions on the toll road and to get an idea of the

various alternatives which could be used to take care of the problem. On the basis of the

simulations carried out, and taking into account the views held by the commuters who did not

form a part of the ridesharing community, a method in which authorities could give an advantage

as far as travel time is concerned, has been proposed.

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