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Quantitative Efficiency Evaluation Method for Transportation Networks

by Jin Qin 1, Yuxin He 1 and Linglin Ni 2,*
School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410075, China
Dongfang College, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8364-8378;
Received: 7 August 2014 / Revised: 14 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 November 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
An effective evaluation of transportation network efficiency/performance is essential to the establishment of sustainable development in any transportation system. Based on a redefinition of transportation network efficiency, a quantitative efficiency evaluation method for transportation network is proposed, which could reflect the effects of network structure, traffic demands, travel choice, and travel costs on network efficiency. Furthermore, the efficiency-oriented importance measure for network components is presented, which can be used to help engineers identify the critical nodes and links in the network. The numerical examples show that, compared with existing efficiency evaluation methods, the network efficiency value calculated by the method proposed in this paper can portray the real operation situation of the transportation network as well as the effects of main factors on network efficiency. We also find that the network efficiency and the importance values of the network components both are functions of demands and network structure in the transportation network. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantitative evaluation method; transportation network efficiency; network component; importance value quantitative evaluation method; transportation network efficiency; network component; importance value
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Qin, J.; He, Y.; Ni, L. Quantitative Efficiency Evaluation Method for Transportation Networks. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8364-8378.

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