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On the A12, and in The Netherlands in general, traffic congestion is a growing problem not only with respect to accessibility, but with increasingly with respect to air quality and climate change. In the reference period prior the experiment, the average reported free-flow time on this motorway segment was 20 minutes, the average congestion delay 16 minutes.
The purpose of the experiment was to study whether reward stimulus could be a possible control instrument to influence mobility behaviour. In this way, congestion could be reduced at relatively low cost and in quite short time. As a secondary outcome, the negative effects of new infrastructure could be prevented.
The experiment provides scientifically based insight into the effects of positive stimuli on the participating drivers. Until now, researchers could have only made predictions based on surveys and models. Now they have their first practical experience, where different techniques and rewards have been combined into a unique experiment.
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