In the past most transport policy decisions have been made by elected representatives or statutory boards on the advice of transport planners or traffic engineers with only cursory attention, if any, being paid to other interested groups within the community. The methods of evaluation discussed illustrate that, by adopting a multicriteria framework of analysis, a more comprehensive judgement is possible. Although by its very nature, a multicriteria approach does not necessarily lead to clear-cut solutions to a decision problem, this seeming disadvantage can be one major benefit. There is a general mistrust of any procedure which appears to offer a simple, straightforward answer to difficult and delicate decisions which involve a variety of subjective considerations. Therefore, a multicriteria approach with different trade-off schemes-and consequently with different outcomes -is more likely to be acceptable to decision makers and citizens than more restrictive evaluation approaches based on a single criterion such as rate of return or on financial gain. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Delft University of Technology

    Faculty of Civil Engineering, Stevin Laboratory, P.O. Box 5048
    2600 GA Delft,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Voogd, H
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM