Bellevue Smart Traveler: Phase 2

by Mark Haselkorn, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Jan Spyridakis, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Cathy Blumenthal, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Traffic congestion in urban centers can be attributed to large numbers of workers traveling in single occupant vehicles to densely clustered downtown employment facilities. This project will produce, implement, and test a prototype Traveler Information Center designed to increase the use of transit and paratransit (carpools and vanpools) by these downtown office workers. Building on previous work in innovative ride-sharing technology and computerized real-time traveler information, this work will begin the second phase of the Bellevue Smart Traveler project. The goal of this second phase is to locate in a downtown Bellevue office complex a prototype Traveler Information Center that provides office workers with greater access to flexible, reliable, safe, and time efficient alternatives to single occupant vehicle commuting. This prototype will allow us to gauge the impact of applying Advanced Traveler Information Systems technology to enhancing transit and paratransit. It will also allow us to judge the viability of a Traveler Information Center as a way for downtown centers to meet trip reduction requirements set by the State of Washington.

Subject Headings: Business districts | Traffic congestion | Labor | Car pools | Travel time | Occupational safety | Control systems | Traffic management | Washington | United States

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