Inefficiencies in Germany´s Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan

In Germany, a federal transport infrastructure plan (FTIP) is drawn up every 10 to 15 years as a basis for decision-making as to which infrastructure projects should be realized in the upcoming years. A point raised in relevant debates is that less economically efficient new construction of motorways in regions with light traffic is sometimes preferred by political leaders over economically more efficient upgrading of motorways in congested regions. This contribution gives background information on the FTIP and presents results of a study in which 199 planned motorway construction projects from the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan of 2003 in Bavaria were analysed. Benefit-cost ratio and political prioritisation were examined. The study gives explanations for inefficient prioritisation and discusses possibilities how to increase efficiency. A reasonable prioritisation of projects and a long-term financing system for motorway infrastructure could help to improve the situation faster and would also be more cost-effective. This also leads to better environmental sustainability.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01531316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 3:21PM