The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) provides unprecedented flexibility to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in programming federal transportation funds for multimodal projects. With this flexibility comes the responsibility to analyze and select projects fairly within a practical process. The way in which the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) in Albany, New York, approaches the programming process is examined and compared with the methodology used by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two approaches outline both screened projects for minimum requirements and then evaluate project merits. CDTC's methodology puts heavy emphasis of benefit/cost analysis but weighs qualitative factors before programming. MTC's approach negotiates merit criteria and relative weights of those criteria before evaluating individual projects. The strengths, weaknesses, similarities, and differences in project selection methodology are discussed. A common framework for multimodal project selection is offered as a starting point for other MPOs struggling to respond to the opportunities presented by ISTEA.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 24-29
  • Monograph Title: Multimodal priority setting and application of geographic information systems
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00662861
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309055075
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 20 1994 12:00AM