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December 20, 2021 Monday 01:51:49 PM IST

How to improve Transportation? Vision of MIT Researchers

We generally experience transportation problems in our daily routine. Waiting for a delayed bus, packing ourselves into a train, or crawling along in traffic, it is common to see such systems struggling at close range. A concept of top-down approach in this issue was the theme of the final talk in MIT’s Mobility Forum series, delivered by MIT Professor Thomas Magnanti, which centered on applying to transportation the same overarching analytical framework used in other domains, such as bioengineering.

The talk highlights on four M’s namely, measuring, mining, modeling, and manipulating. In urban transportation planning, measuring and mining might involve understanding traffic flows. Modeling might simulate those traffic flows, and manipulating would mean engineering interventions: tolls, one-way streets, or other changes.

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