Both the public and the private sector can often benefit from the cooperative financing of essential transportation services that neither would undertake alone. In Michigan the question often revolves around jobs-jobs that would be lost if a rail subsidy were discontinued, or jobs that would not be created if a service road to a plant expansion could not be built. Opportunities for cooperative involvement between the public and private sectors have often had to be considered with less information available than decision makers might desire. The calculations of benefits and costs have been so lengthy and time consuming that only a narrow range of alternatives could be considered if the relevant information was to be timely. The model described permits timely and understandable evaluations of the personal income and tax impacts resulting from employment changes that are outcomes of transportation improvement projects. The model has been designed to be simpler to operate than a multifunction hand calculator. The intent is to allow a decision maker, who knows or cares little about a computer, the opportunity to test a variety of "what if?" questions very rapidly, calculating the balance between public costs and benefits and generating reports and business graphics at will.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 92-99
  • Monograph Title: Techniques for making key transportation decisions
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030903762X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM