Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM (ET)
About the Webinar:
The mismatch between parking supply and excessive parking demand results in significant costs to individuals and society. Given that increasing parking supply is often infeasible or undesirable, a more sensible response to parking demand problems in congested road networks is to implement travel demand management (TDM) strategies. The standard TDM parking policy is parking pricing, which, although effective, presents significant social equity challenges in some application contexts.
In this webinar, a new equitable TDM strategy is introduced that integrates ride-matching and parking management to tackle traffic congestion and air pollution problems that arise when the demand for parking spaces exceeds parking supply. Income-based equity concerns are sidestepped in the proposed strategy by implementing a centralized optimization system that assigns parking spaces, free of out-of-pocket costs, according to users’ reservation requests, users’ travel schedules, and available parking supply. The system also coordinates carpools by finding minimum cost matches between drivers whose parking requests were accepted and system participants that require transportation.
The models and algorithms developed to implement the proposed strategy will be discussed in this webinar, as well as the results from numerical experiments. Also, the analysis of a survey of people’s preferences regarding parking management strategies will be presented. Lastly, ongoing efforts to implement a prototype of the strategy at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, will be discussed.
About the Presenter:
Daniel Rodriguez-Roman, PhD, is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. His research focuses on transportation network design problems and travel demand management. He is currently working on projects related to parking management strategies, transit network design, and humanitarian logistics. He has previously worked on the design of road pricing schemes, the analysis of travel patterns and accessibility of micromobility services, and freight travel demand forecasting, among other subjects. He obtained his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, his M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.