How much will shutting down a road increase traffic in the rest of the road network?


In NETS 412, we will study traffic routing games in which selfish agents greedily try to optimize their own commute time, which might not necessarily optimize the overall health of the network. We will study the equilibrium traffic patterns in different networks, and observe the strange effect known as Braess Paradox, which tells us that sometimes closing down a road can actually decrease traffic elsewhere in the network, at equilibrium.