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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012, Article ID 420195, 13 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Congestion Relief Proposals in a Capital City

Department of Physics, University of Mauritius, Port Louis 742CU001, Mauritius

Received 28 December 2011; Revised 12 February 2012; Accepted 26 February 2012

Academic Editor: Shuyu Sun

Copyright © 2012 Sudhir C. Fowdur and Soonil D. D. V. Rughooputh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper aims at analyzing three different solutions suggested for traffic congestion relief in Port Louis, the busiest city of Mauritius. It evaluates the impact of the three alternatives which are the use of Light Rail Transit (LRT) as an alternative mode of transport, the construction of a Ring road around Port Louis, and the upgrading of the current bus network into a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The impact of these three solutions has been evaluated by performing Traffic Cellular Automata (TCA) simulations. Our studies reveal that the Ring road will lead to more congestion while introducing the LRT or upgrading the current bus network will reduce congestion significantly.