Economic Impact Case Study Tool for Transit

This report presents the results of a project aimed at creating the prototype for a searchable (web-based) database of public transit investment projects and their associated (transit-driven) economic and land development outcomes. This information is intended to inform future planning efforts for transit-related projects and to support better multimodal planning. The purpose of this system is to provide transportation planners with a consistent base of data on actual, documented economic and land development impacts of completed transit-related investments, along with a narrative describing the form of impact and factors that affected it. This TCRP project builds upon a pioneering database, Transportation Project Impact Case Studies (TPICS), established for highway projects under SHRP 2 (Strategic Highway Research Program 2). The current project modified and extended TPICS to be directly applicable for public transportation case studies and developed pilot case studies to illustrate how it can work for public transit. The report covers the design and development of the case study database and web tool and includes a set of seven prototype case studies. The report examines issues concerning (a) the types of transit projects that are most applicable for case studies, (b) how economic impacts of transit projects can be measured and reported, and (c) how findings on transit projects may be interpreted. Differences between transit case studies and highway case studies are also discussed. Finally, the content of the prototype case studies is included in the report, along with discussion of how a more complete national database and web tool might be implemented and used.

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    Economic Development Research Group, Inc.

    155 Federal St. Suite 600
    Boston, MA  United States  02110

    Compass Transportation and Technology, Inc.

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 2016


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 92p
  • Serial:
    • TCRP Report
    • Issue Number: 186
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1073-4872
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309375528
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project H-50
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2016 1:37PM