A COMPARISON OF METHODS FOR EVALUATING URBAN TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

The objective of the report was to compare five alternative methods for evaluating urban transportation improvement options: unaided judgmental evaluation cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis based on a single measure of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness analysis based on multiple measures of effectiveness, and scoring function methods. Each method was assessed within the framework of eight methodological criteria relating to the three major concerns of feasibility, reviewability, and relevancy. The following conclusions are drawn: (1) the judgmental method is satisfactory in several respects, but its subjectivity, lack of specificity might create difficulties in a federal review of the local decision process; (2) of the systematic evaluation methods, cost-effectiveness analysis based on multiple measures of effectiveness poses the fewest difficulties in simultaneously serving the local and federal purposes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bronitsky, L
    • Misner, J
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 62 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093348
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-75-5 Final Rpt., UMTA-MA-06-0053-74-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1981 12:00AM