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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3528952, 11 pages
Research Article

Feedback Gating Control for Network Based on Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram

1School of Management, Shanghai University, 99 Shangda Road, Baoshan, Shanghai 200444, China
2The Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Tongji University, 4800 Cao’an Road, Shanghai 201804, China
3Wuhan Planning and Design Institute, Wuhan 430010, China

Received 31 August 2015; Revised 7 March 2016; Accepted 4 April 2016

Academic Editor: Tadeusz Kaczorek

Copyright © 2016 YangBeibei Ji 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.


Empirical data from Yokohama, Japan, showed that a macroscopic fundamental diagram (MFD) of urban traffic provides for different network regions a unimodal low-scatter relationship between network vehicle density and network space-mean flow. This provides new tools for network congestion control. Based on MFD, this paper proposed a feedback gating control policy which can be used to mitigate network congestion by adjusting signal timings of gating intersections. The objective of the feedback gating control model is to maximize the outflow and distribute the allowed inflows properly according to external demand and capacity of each gating intersection. An example network is used to test the performance of proposed feedback gating control model. Two types of background signalization types for the intersections within the test network, fixed-time and actuated control, are considered. The results of extensive simulation validate that the proposed feedback gating control model can get a Pareto improvement since the performance of both gating intersections and the whole network can be improved significantly especially under heavy demand situations. The inflows and outflows can be improved to a higher level, and the delay and queue length at all gating intersections are decreased dramatically.