AN EVALUATION OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS USING BEHAVIORAL MODELS AND CONSUMER SURPLUS

This paper explains a procedure for evaluating improvements in urban transportation systems and illustrates its application. The procedure takes into account the interests of two groups: the system's users and its operators. It evaluates the change in marginal consumer surplus which results from improvements in the transportation system studied and compares this change in surplus to the marginal cost of the change. This yields a marginal benefit-cost ratio which can be used to measure the viability of the improvement. Data from the City of Calgary, the case study area, provided the necessary information for the analysis. The proposed improvements in that City's transportation system involve the introduction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) to complement the City's bus system and road network. The effect of the change in the system is evaluated, from 1982, when the LRT is expected to start the first phase of operation, to 2007. (Authors)

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  • Accession Number: 00324323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM