The selection and timing of large-scale transportation investments should be undertaken by using a cost-effective technique within a framework of clearly stated objectives and assumptions. Such a technique bridges current long-range planning and project implementation and ensures that implementation of transportation improvements optimizes overall benefits to the public and simultaneously achieves horizon-year plans. The priority planning methodology discussed in this paper identifies and assesses transportation improvement impacts on both transportation users and the community at large. Impacts, beneficial or unbeneficial, are evaluated and used to develop time streams of present worth of benefits as functions of the year of implementation. The functional benefit and cost time streams are combined with future budget estimates and subjected to linear programming analysis. The linear program selects and stages a mix of transportation improvements that maximizes the total present worth of benefits capable of being realized, given the assumed budgets. The methodology has important potential uses as both a management decision-making tool and a readily accessible transportation planning data source.

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  • Authors:
    • Melinyshyn, Walter
    • Crowther, Richard
    • O'Doherty, John D
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-12
  • Monograph Title: Transportation planning: improvement priorities
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  • Accession Number: 00050659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902191X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM