Evaluating the Mobility Impacts of American Dream Complex Using Probe Vehicle Data
Keywords:American dream complex, mobility impact, travel time inflation, surrounding corridors
Traffic congestion and motor vehicle crashes are perceived as pivotal concerns that are particularly difficult to manage in high-density urban areas. Thus, mitigating traffic congestion and improving users' safety on roadways are top priorities of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). American Dream Complex, located outside New York City, is an entertainment and retail center that was officially opened in October 2019. The complex is expected to attract over 40 million annual visitors once fully operational, which may potentially result in substantial mobility and safety issues for road users in the area. The present research work evaluates the mobility concerns of the transportation network in the vicinity of the American Dream Complex due to its partial official opening. To achieve this goal, firstly, the performance of four surrounding corridors was explored by incorporating travel time inflation (TI) as a performance measure. In addition, to have a better visualization of the congestion, day-by-day heatmaps were developed. Based on the results obtained from the Corridor Increase in Mean Travel Time (CIMTT) heatmaps, it was shown that no considerable congestion was observed on the opening day of the American Dream Complex on surrounding corridors.
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