Speed and Capacity
DatumTuesday 16 September 2014
Zeit18:15 - 20:15
OrtPH Zürich - LAB-G055 Seminarraum
TitelSpeed and Capacity
ReferentDr. Monica Menendez is, since 2010, the Director of the Research Group "Traffic Engineering" within the Institute for Transport Planning and System at ETH Zurich. Prior to that, she was a Management Consultant at Bain & Company's San Francisco office. She joined Bain after receiving a PhD and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Her research interests include sustainable transportation, and traffic flow theory, operations, and control.
ThemenbeschreibungLowering speed limits is considered a promising traffic management strategy for many cities around the world. It is typically associated with safer roads and smoother traffic. However, this strategy could also increase the individual travel time for many drivers, contributing to a redistribution of traffic in a city. Hence, we still need to ask ourselves: how do speed limits affect the overall capacity of a system? Although simple to understand and implement, the reduction of speed limits still deserves much research attention to further assess the magnitude and extent of its effects. What are the tradeoffs between safer roads and penalties to car traffic? Would systems with different street hierarchies offer better solutions? These are all highly controversial questions that can help us understand the pros and cons of such a popular traffic management strategy within urband networks.