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Public Information Dissemination for Ramp Metering in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area

Hanner, Casey Diane (2010) Public Information Dissemination for Ramp Metering in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Although ramp metering systems have been in use throughout the U.S. for over 40 years,ramp meters are still a foreign concept in many places. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is one suchplace; therefore, successful implementation of ramp meters in the Pittsburgh area would require acomprehensive public education campaign. However, there are currently no standards inPennsylvania for such a campaign. This lack of information on public education raises thefollowing questions: How important is a public education campaign to the success of a rampmetering project in the Pittsburgh area? What have other states done in the past to educate thepublic on ramp metering? And what is the most effective way to inform the public about rampmeters?This study aims to answer these questions through the development, administration, andanalysis of a number of surveys. Eleven state departments of transportation were surveyed as apart of this study, and the trends of these states' experiences with ramp metering and publiceducation are discussed. A test group of thirty-one motorists representing the Pittsburgh area general public were also surveyed as part of the study. This survey was conducted in two parts(before and after reviewing informational material on ramp metering), and the results wereanalyzed both individually and as a comparison. The findings of all surveys are discussed, andrecommendations are made for a ramp metering public education campaign in the Pittsburgharea.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hanner, Casey
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKoubaa, Amiramk59@pitt.eduAMK59
Committee MemberBudny, Danielbudny@pitt.eduBUDNY
Committee MemberMagalotti,
Date: 30 September 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 28 April 2010
Approval Date: 30 September 2010
Submission Date: 19 July 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degree: MSCE - Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering; implementation; information dissemination; pittsburgh pennsylvania; public education; public education campaign; public outreach; public outreach campaign; ramp metering; survey; transportation; ramp metering standards; test group
Other ID:, etd-07192010-203323
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:52
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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