Description
Design, operation, and management of traffic flows over complex transportation networks. Covers two major topics: traffic flow modeling and traffic flow operations. Includes deterministic and probabilistic models, elements of queueing theory, and traffic assignment. Concepts and methods are illustrated through various applications and examples.
Requirements
You are responsible for completing three and a half problem sets and one quiz. Unless otherwise instructed, the writing of the assignments is required to be individual.
Grades
Problem Sets: 70% (you may use a one time 48hour extension)
Quiz: 30%
Readings
There is no textbook that completely covers the material of the subject. Additional materials will be given out in class.
The Five Twos in 1.225

Two type of flows: Air and Road

Two types of problems: Modeling and Operation Problems

Two levels of analyses: Component Level and Network Level

Two timescale of analyses: Static vs. Dynamic

Two type of approaches/tools: Analytical and Simulationbased
Academic Honesty
The MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering adheres to the strictest standards of academic honesty. An important aspect of achieving these standards is to be sure that students are aware of expectations of faculty as regards academic honesty. This statement is an attempt to clarify the faculty's expectations in this subject.
Assignments
Assignments performed by students for submission have a dual purpose. They are intended as educational devices, including the teaching of skills such as working in teams. They are also evaluation tools for the faculty in judging the quality of performance of individual students. Our policies are intended to balance these two purposes and, unless otherwise stated, apply to all assignments.
Students currently taking this class can work together to conceptualize general approaches to assignments. However, unless otherwise specified for a particular assignment, the work you submit should be done completely on your own. This includes text, numerical calculations, mathematical derivations, diagrams, graphs, computer programs and output, references, and any written source you use in your submission. It is inappropriate to use assignments submitted in previous years as a source.
Quiz
All work on a quiz should be performed only by you.
If you have any questions about how these policies relate to a specific situation, you should speak to Professor Chabini or Professor Odoni for clarification.
Calendar
LEC # / REC # 
TOPICS 

Part I: Traffic Flow Modeling 
L1 
Introduction
Cumulative Plots 
L2 
Airport Runway Capacity 
L3 
Modeling Road Traffic 
R1 
Recitation 1 
L4 
Network Model and Shortest Paths 
L5 
Traffic Assignment 
R2 
Recitation 2 
L6 
Introduction to Optimization 

Part II: Traffic Flow Operations 
L7 
Highway Control: Ramp Metering 
L8 
Queuing Theory 
R3 
Recitation 3 
L9 
Simulation Models 
L10 
Control of Isolated Signals 
R4 
Recitation 4 
L11 
Operational Problems in Traffic Systems 
L12 
Air Traffic Operation Problems 
L13 
Wrapup Lecture
Quiz Review 

Quiz 