Development of a Cost Breakdown Structure for Quantifying School Transportation Costs for Various Modes

The United States (US) federal government requires that state and local school districts be responsible for school transportation polices. Current state-of-the-practice shows that these local entities do not consider tradeoffs between land use and transportation costs when making decisions about school locations and resource allocation. US Department of Education (DOE) data shows that Americans spend over $20 billion dollars per year busing over 25 million children to school. The indirect cost of transporting children to school via alternate modes of transportation such as private automobile, walking, and biking are not considered. This article provides a cost breakdown structure for each mode of transportation and summarizes the related costs. The article documents the probable ranges for the costs of school transportation by mode and includes references to assist researchers, planners, officials, and other potential users in measuring the multi-modal costs of school transportation.


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  • Accession Number: 01576293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2015 1:15PM