Traffic assignment considering air quality Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a methodology of assigning traffic in a network with the consideration of air quality. Traffic assignment is formulated as an optimization problem considering travel cost and on-road emissions. It introduces a cell-based approach to model emission concentrations so that either the average or maximum emissions in a network can be considered in the optimization process. The emissions in a cell are modeled taking into consideration the influence of the emission sources from all cells in the network. A case study demonstrates that minimizing travel cost and reducing air pollutants may not be always achieved simultaneously. The traffic assignment procedure can effectively reduce emission concentrations at those locations with the worst air quality conditions, with only a marginal increase in travel time and average emission concentration in the network. 2010.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Y., Lv, J., & Ying, Q. i.

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Yunlong||Lv, Jinpeng||Ying, Qi

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM