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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
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route choice policy strategic ATIS information
This research investigates route choice behavior in networks with risky travel times and real-time information. A stated preference survey is conducted in which subjects use a PC-based interactive maps to choose routes link-by-link in various scenarios. The scenarios include two types of maps: the first presenting a choice between one stochastic route and one deterministic route, and the second with real-time information and an available detour. The first type measures the basic risk attitude of the subject. The second type allows for strategic planning, and measures the effect of this opportunity on subjects' choice behavior.
Results from each subject are analyzed to determine whether subjects planned strategically for the en route information or simply selected fixed paths from origin to destination. The full data set is used to estimate route choice models that account for both risk attitude and strategic thinking. Estimation results are used to assess whether models that incorporate strategic behavior more accurately reflect route choice than do simpler path-based models.