Quantitative evaluation of advanced traffic management systems using analytic hierarchy process

Mohammad Razaur Rahman Shaon, Xiaofeng Li, Yao Jan Wu, Simon Ramos

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With technological advancements in recent years, a series of intelligent transportation system (ITS) products have now become available to the transportation agencies to collect data and manage traffic conditions on the roadway network. Among ITS products, the advanced traffic management system (ATMS) has been effectively serving as the central nervous system of a traffic management center. ATMS serves as an integrated application for a wide variety of purposes ranging from data collection to implementing traffic management strategies. Owing to commercial popularity, a series of ATMS products are now available to transportation agencies and there is no consensus on selecting the best-suited product based on tailored requirements. Making a decision for a decision-critical item such as ATMS products on qualitative evidence can add risk to the decision-makers to justify their decision of choice. In this study, a multi-criteria decision analysis framework was proposed for quantitative evaluation of ATMS alternatives that can consider multiple and conflicting decision-making criteria using a real-world example. Moreover, the proposed framework was evaluated for different scenarios related to different applications of ATMS products to provide flexibility to the user in evaluating the ATMS alternatives. Results indicated that the proposed method can be considered as a viable alternative in contrast to a qualitative evidence-based decision-making strategy to minimize the risk associated with the decision-makers. Using the proposed quantitative framework, decision-makers can examine the weights of different criteria under consideration and evaluate multiple ATMS alternatives based on their jurisdiction-specific requirements. The proposed framework can be easily applied to other ITS technology selection processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Research Record
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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