Southwestern University - Traffic Problem Essay

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I. Company Background

Southwestern University (SWU) is located in Stephenville, Texas. They have recently hired a new well-known football coach and because of this, they are expecting an increase in their fan base for this sport. Their season ticket sales have gone up, meaning more revenues, however, this also means increase in customer complaints due to traffic problems whenever there’s a game.
Dr. Marty Starr, SWU’s president, has asked University Planning Committee to see how they can solve this problem. Based on traffic projections, Dr. Starr would like to have sufficient capacity so that 35,000 cars per hour can be accommodated to travel from the newly-built stadium to the interstate highway. Anticipating this problem, some of
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The City Manager must relocate these and still maintain a certain amount of foliage to reduce pollution and soil erosion.
2. The City Government mustn’t abuse their power of eminent domain. Dealings with the owners of the properties (commercial or private) that will be affected (e.g.: driveways and parking areas) must be given a fair market price should their property will be sequestered for road widening.

VIII. Conclusion & Recommendations
The group recommends that SWU to undertake ACA#2 b, where they will recommend to the City Manager that roads leading from the Stadium to the Interstate Highway be widened, and that only a few select roads that are deemed critical be expanded to produce the maximum number of cars per hour in this road system. Technically speaking, this will not reach the desired 35,000 cars per hour capacity that Dr. Starr is projecting, but this is the maximum number already considering the road’s constraints. Additional capacity can only be done if there was no limit in the number of times a road can be expanded (i.e.: Node 4 to 7 ; 4 + 2 + 2 = 8 units) Since this limitation was not mentioned, the group assumes that all roads can only be widened once.

The group recommends that only a few of the roads that are considered to be “critical” should be widened, and not all since road widening is an expense in the part of