Press release issued 13 March 2002
Frustrated commuters can try their hand at solving London's transport problems using an online transport simulation model called Metropolitan Area Transport Simulator (Mets).
The interactive model predicts how demand in London for tube, trains, buses and cars will change as fares are adjusted or speed restrictions on cars are imposed.
Mets is part of the Virtual Learning Arcade (VLA), which is a series of interactive online models covering a range of economics and business topics. Its aim is to enable students to play with the models and see what happens as a result of their actions in a highly visual and interactive way.
Andy Ramsden, Research Officer for the Virtual Learning Arcade at Bristol University, said: 'Mets was previously only available to transport professionals and researchers. The model has for many years been a key tool in planning changes to London's public transport.
'The online transport model allow students to try out real business or economic situations.'
Members of the public can join in by logging on to vla.ifs.org.uk/models/mets22.html (broken link - removed 09/03/07)
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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Wednesday, 13-Mar-2002 16:27:54 GMT