BENEFIT ESTIMATES FOR RECREATIONAL RE-USE OF ABANDONED RAILROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY

The abandonment of a significant lengths of railroad right- of-way often provides land which can be re-used for a variety of activities or purposes. Recreational re-use, particularly in the form of bicycle trails, is especially attractive as one alternative re-use of railroad abandonments. Some form of cost-benefit analysis is often suggested as a means of choosing between conflicting alternative uses of a specific resource. The application of the standard cost-benefit techniques to recreation is extremely difficult due primarily to a number of measurement problems. In the case of a specific recreation activity such as bicycle trail use the measurement problems are compounded as a result of a lack of empirical information. This report reviews the problems associated with attempts to determine values for non-priced goods and services in general and recreation in particular. A procedure for estimating minimum benefit values which accrue from the recreational re-use (bicycle trails) of railroad abandonments is presented. Finally, through a test application of the procedure a number of methological refinements are suggested and discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    Institute of Urban and Regional Research
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
  • Authors:
    • Joyal, A N
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153378
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 40 Tech. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM