Optimizing the spatial relocation of hospitals to reduce urban traffic congestion: A case study of Beijing

Yuxia Wang, Daoqin Tong, Weimin Li, Yu Liu

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Traffic congestion represents an ongoing serious issue in many large cities. Many public facilities, such as hospitals, tend to be centrally located to ensure they are most accessible to local residents; as a result, they may contribute significantly to a city's traffic congestion. In this study, a multi-objective spatial optimization model was provided to help formulate hospital relocation plans, taking into account both traffic congestion and hospital accessibility. Using intra-urban movement data, we proposed a method to estimate the area-wide traffic congestion caused by hospital visits and to identify potential hospitals to be relocated. An NSGA-II (Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II) algorithm was applied to solve the hospital relocation optimization problem; we applied our model to study optimal hospital relocation plans in Beijing. Analysis results provide a tradeoff between traffic congestion relief and hospital accessibility. We discussed plans that significantly reduce traffic congestion while maintaining a high level of hospital accessibility. Our study has significant policy implications and provides insights for future facility planning and transportation planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-386
Number of pages22
JournalTransactions in GIS
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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