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Assoc. Professor Ramesh Bollapragada in the News

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Associate Professor Ramesh Bollapragada made presentations at Stanford university (April 7), organized by the Northern INFORMS Chapter, and at Google’s Forecasting group (May 19).

The title of both presentations was Surge in Usage of FasTrak (Electronic Toll Collection System) on San Francisco Bay area Bridges: Impact of O.R. models in relieving traffic congestion, and improving productivity in the region.

From the abstract:

Through quantitative and empirical O.R. models, we provide several recommendations to help reduce the traffic congestion problems at all Bay area bridges, through increased usage of electronic toll collection devices (from previous levels of 40% to future levels of 70%). Compared to an increase in FasTrak usage of 14% in the 5 years prior to our work, the usage rates went up by 8% in one and half years, after the implementation of these recommendations.

Our research and the underlying recommendations made a splash in the Bay area news media (television, radio) in 2007. Further, our findings that appeared in over two dozen newspapers in the State of California, have provided significant momentum to the projects undertaken by the Bay Area transportation authorities (BATA, MTC). These projects, under the FasTrak Strategic Plan adopted by BATA and MTC, have resulted in significant time savings and enhanced productivity gains to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

This work was also a semi-finalist for the Franz Edelman award in 2009.

To read about Ramesh, see Directory : Faculty : Ramesh Bollapragada.

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