COST EFFECTIVE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT ON A SECTION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE
Procedures employed by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to manage incidents occurring on the Turnpike were analyzed. Modifications to these procedures designed to reduce the average time required to identify and confirm the occurrence of an incident, clear the incident, and reestablish normal traffic flow were evaluated for a section of the Turnpike between interchanges 9 and 12. Four alternatives were evaluated in terms of the cost of each over a ten year period and the value of the travel time that would be saved if each was adopted. The four alternatives were: 1) add additional police patrols; 2) install loop detectors at one third of a mile intervals; 3) install loop detectors at one third of a mile and thirteen closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at known trouble spots; and 4) install loop detectors at one third of a mile and CCTV cameras at one half mile intervals. Benefits exceeded costs for all but the additional patrol alternative at discount rates of both 6 and 8 percent.
- Prepared in cooperation with Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Region I Univ. Transportation Center. Sponsored by Department of Transportation, Washington, DC, University Transportation Centers Program.
University of Massachusetts, AmherstDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA United States 01003
Department of Transportation1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Shuldiner, R W
- Publication Date: 1993-7
- Pagination: 174 p.
- TRT Terms: Benefit cost analysis; Closed circuit television; Incident management; Interchanges; Interchanges and intersections; Loop detectors; Police patrol
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Safety and Human Factors; I82: Accidents and Transport Infrastructure;
- Accession Number: 00667266
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
- Created Date: Oct 4 1994 12:00AM