D4AMS (Dashboard for Alternative Mobility Scenarios)

Background

In the pursuit of making the outcomes of this work package more accessible and user-friendly, the project team embarked on the development of an online dashboard. Originally, the proposal had outlined the creation of an online ‘tool’. However, upon further consideration, the decision was made to term it a ‘dashboard’, as the term ‘tool’ typically implies a certain level of interactivity. Given the static nature of MATSim, an interactive tool was not feasible due to limitations in its ability to instantly accommodate changes or additions to features such as transport modes or alterations to the network structure. This D4AMS dashboard was primarily conceived to cater to the needs of local policy makers, mobility experts, and practitioners in the field of urban mobility. However, its utility extends beyond this scope to encompass policy makers or practitioners involved in street transformations, neighborhood cohesion initiatives, and related endeavors, providing valuable insights into the mobility outcomes of various interventions.

Structure

Functioning as a centralized platform, the dashboard offers a comprehensive overview of the scenarios developed for the four case study cities. Through systematic comparison with the ‘business-as-usual’ (BAU) scenario, it facilitates a nuanced understanding of the outcomes across different scenarios, particularly in terms of traffic flow dynamics and modal shares. See the figure below of one of the outputs in the dashboard.

The structure of the dashboard’s webpage is designed for user-friendliness and accessibility. The landing page serves as an introduction, succinctly outlining the dashboard’s purpose, target audience, and potential applications. The dashboard page itself allows users to select their desired case study city, followed by a brief overview of the data and methods employed, before delving into the exploration of specific scenarios and their comparison with the BAU situation.

In addition to the main dashboard, the webpage also features supplementary pages dedicated to methodologies and summary of the policy guidelines. The methodologies section elucidates the process of creating alternative mobility scenarios using MATSim, highlights the advantages of this approach, and provides insights for stakeholders who can benefit from the dashboard’s use and the questions it addresses. The policy guidelines page offers a deeper dive into the advantages and disadvantages of scenario building through agent-based modelling (ABM), key policy considerations for implementing street closures in conjunction with shared mobility options, and strategies for addressing assumptions inherent in the model.

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