IMPACT ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES: THE ROLE OF THE NO-BUILD ALTERNATIVE IN THE EVALUATION OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

This review which recommends the use of the benchmark alternative to facilitate plan evaluation, defines alternatives, and addresses the need for more informed and rigorous use of the techniques available for impact assessment. The need for comparison and evaluation of alternatives is also discussed. The legal requirements to assess the no-build option is reviewed, and the point in the transportation planning process where the no-build alternative should be used is discussed. Social, economic, environmental impacts which may occur at the regional-scale, corridor scale and local level, and four sets of conditions (existing and future) for which impacts should be examined are detailed. Techniques are recommended for forecasting socio-economic and transportation factors. Four technical appendices to the guidelines are included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Authors:
    • Lane, J S
    • Grenzeback, Lance R
    • Martin, T J
    • Lockwood, S C
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165936
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 8-11
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM