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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 980623, 11 pages
Research Article

An Initial Implementation of Multiagent Simulation of Travel Behavior for a Medium-Sized City in China

1MOE Key Laboratory for Urban Transportation Complex Systems Theory and Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
2School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
3School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China

Received 7 November 2013; Revised 12 December 2013; Accepted 14 December 2013; Published 13 March 2014

Academic Editor: Baozhen Yao

Copyright © 2014 Chengxiang Zhuge et al. 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.


Since the traditional four-step model is so simple that it cannot solve complex modern transportation problems, microsimulation is gradually applied for transportation planning and some researches indicate that it is more compatible and realistic. In this paper, a framework of agent-based simulation of travel behavior is proposed, which is realized by MATSim, a simulation tool developed for large-scale agent-based simulation. MATSim is currently developed and some of its models are under training, so a detailed introduction of simulation structure and preparation of input data will be presented. In practice, the preparation process differs from one to another in different simulation projects because the available data for simulation is various. Thus, a simulation of travel behavior under a condition of limited available survey data will be studied based on MATSim; furthermore, a medium-sized city in China will be taken as an example to check whether agent-based simulation of travel behavior can be successfully applied in China.