Assessing the Economic Benefit of Transportation Infrastructure Investment in a Mature Surface Transportation System

This project embraced a pragmatic approach to accomplish the following objectives: (1) Examination of academic and professional literature to critically assess what we know as an industry as to the linkages between surface transportation and economic growth and vitality; (2) Examination of information from nontraditional sources that contain relevant economic information (e.g., anecdotal and case studies); (3) Identification of research gaps with recommendations for further research pursuits that would help national, state, regional, metropolitan, and local entities incorporate understandings of the economic linkages with transportation systems into their continuing operations and investment decisions, in the form of a multiphase, priority research program to address the knowledge and practice gaps; and (4) Collaboration to amplify the reach of the research team. To clarify, the purpose of NCHRP 20-24 (80) was not to undertake new economic research but to provide direction for those next steps to be taken. In recognition of the variety of target audiences, documentation of the above in this comprehensive volume includes: A white paper for the workshop, (found as an appendix to the comprehensive report), summarizing the work and findings to date in a user-friendly format; A report presenting the workshop and the information relevant to consideration of research needs (incorporated in Section 2 of the comprehensive report); A research agenda narrative containing the rationale and descriptions for future potential efforts (incorporated in Section 3 of the comprehensive report); and This final comprehensive report that for convenience compiles the information from this project into a single volume and contains material to inform future decisions on new research on the economic benefits of surface transportation infrastructure investment.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Binder, Susan
    • Cook, Stacy
    • Hutson, Nathan
    • Stewart, Branner
    • Tao, Wendy
    • Waldheim, Nicole
    • March, James
  • Publication Date: 2012-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 239p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01673602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 20-24, Task 80
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2018 3:11PM