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Simulating the effectiveness of parking guidance systems

Simulating the effectiveness of parking guidance systems
Simulating the effectiveness of parking guidance systems
Parking Guidance and Information (PGI) signs have the potential to reduce the amount of time spent searching for parking spaces and enable a more efficient use of the available parking stock. Given the significant installation costs for PGI signs and operating equipment, it is essential that the benefits of PGI systems can be justified. Despite PGI systems being installed and operating for a number of years in some cities however, there is a lack of reliable evidence of the economic benefits.

This presentation describes the development of driver parking decision models using an interactive travel simulator and the implementation of these models in the existing traffic network simulation model RGCONTRAM. As well as assessing the effects of the PGI system on the drivers seeking parking spaces and the parking stock itself, this also enables the impact on the wider network to be examined.

The effect of various factors such as sign location and density, operational characteristics and network layout is examined and results are given that illustrate the potential of PGI signs to induce the demand to spread more evenly across the parking stock. The potential economic benefits of PGI systems are quantified and recommendations are given on designing systems for optimum benefit.
Waterson, B.J.
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Chatterjee, K.
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Hounsell, N.B.
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Waterson, B.J.
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Chatterjee, K.
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Hounsell, N.B.
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Waterson, B.J., Chatterjee, K. and Hounsell, N.B. (1999) Simulating the effectiveness of parking guidance systems. 41st Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

Parking Guidance and Information (PGI) signs have the potential to reduce the amount of time spent searching for parking spaces and enable a more efficient use of the available parking stock. Given the significant installation costs for PGI signs and operating equipment, it is essential that the benefits of PGI systems can be justified. Despite PGI systems being installed and operating for a number of years in some cities however, there is a lack of reliable evidence of the economic benefits.

This presentation describes the development of driver parking decision models using an interactive travel simulator and the implementation of these models in the existing traffic network simulation model RGCONTRAM. As well as assessing the effects of the PGI system on the drivers seeking parking spaces and the parking stock itself, this also enables the impact on the wider network to be examined.

The effect of various factors such as sign location and density, operational characteristics and network layout is examined and results are given that illustrate the potential of PGI signs to induce the demand to spread more evenly across the parking stock. The potential economic benefits of PGI systems are quantified and recommendations are given on designing systems for optimum benefit.

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Published date: September 1999
Venue - Dates: 41st Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1999-08-31
Organisations: Civil Maritime & Env. Eng & Sci Unit

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Local EPrints ID: 74654
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/74654
PURE UUID: e0989696-a348-4413-8d21-65442a2b0522
ORCID for B.J. Waterson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-7119

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 30 Jan 2020 01:29

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