Special Issue "Sustainability and Equity in Traffic and Transportation Management and Planning: Application and Optimization Perspectives"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Giulio Erberto Cantarella
Guest Editor
University of Salerno, Italy
Interests: transportation systems analysis, transportation supply design
Prof. Dr. Michele Ottomanelli
Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Environmental, Building Engineering and Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: transportation planning; transportation network design; sustainable mobility; bike-sharing systems design and management; equity and accessibility in transportation; users choice behaviour; uncertainty in transportation; travel demand estimation
Prof. Mario Binetti
Guest Editor
Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
Interests: transport planning, traffic assignment, smart mobility, electric mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Agenda 2030 of the United Nations has marked the objectives to foster the sustainable development of our planet. Most of this objective can be achieved with the contribution of proper transportation policies considering the effect on the environment, on the quality of life of future cities and on social inclusion.

This special issue aims at collecting papers focusing on planning and management methods and application related to sustainability and equity of transportation systems with emphasis on the quantitative issues.

It welcomes original research and reviews on the following topics, but not limited to:

  • Application and Optimization in traffic models
  • Mobility and liveability in Urban Contexts
  • Design and management of transport systems
  • Equity and accessibility
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Transport and the environment
  • Transport and Land Use
  • ICT for sustainable mobility

Prof. Giulio Erberto Cantarella
Prof. Michele Ottomanelli
Prof. Mario Binetti
Guest Editors

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  • Traffic modelling
  • Transport planning
  • Equity
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Land use
  • Accessibility

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On-Demand Flexible Transit in Fast-Growing Cities: The Case of Dubai
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4455; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114455 - 30 May 2020
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Increase in city population and size leads to growing transport demand and heterogeneous mobility habits. In turn, this may result in economic and social inequalities within the context of rapid economic growth. Provision of flexible transit in fast-growing cities is a promising strategy [...] Read more.
Increase in city population and size leads to growing transport demand and heterogeneous mobility habits. In turn, this may result in economic and social inequalities within the context of rapid economic growth. Provision of flexible transit in fast-growing cities is a promising strategy to overcome the limits of conventional public transport and avoid the use of private cars, towards better accessibility and social inclusion. This paper presents the case of Dubai (UAE), where a demand responsive transit service called MVMANT (a company based in Italy) has been tested in some low demand districts. The contribution of this work relies on the use of an agent-based model calibrated with Geographic Information System (GIS) real data to reproduce the service and find optimal configurations from both the perspective of the transport operator and the community. Different scenarios were simulated, by changing the vehicle assignment strategy and capacity, and comparing MVMANT with a ride-sharing service with smaller vehicles. Results suggest that route choice strategy is important to find a balance between operator and user costs, and that these types of flexible transit can satisfy transport demand with limited total costs compared to other shared mobility services. They can also be effective in satisfying fluctuating demand by adopting heterogeneous fleets of vehicles. Finally, appropriate planning and evaluation of these services are needed to fully explore their potential in covering the gap between low-quality fixed public transport and unsustainable private transport. Full article
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