The effectiveness is discussed of using the RUNCOST (quantifies before-and-after values of vehicle operating cost, fuel consumption and pollutant emission) computer program as a component of the evaluation methodology for traffic-signal systems. This program was applied to the evaluation of a signal-system improvement in Atlanta. The procedures and costs and the results of the evaluation are summarized. It is noted that the lower the assigned value of time per vehicle per hour, the greater the relative importance of operating costs and the greater the cost-effectiveness of using RUNCOST. Since its application, RUNCOST has been expanded to include the printout of fuel consumption and pollutant emission. Studies have concluded that the cooperating-cost capability of RUNCOST is highly effective. RUNCOST requires an equipment outlay of approximately $400, and no more than 1 person-d of office work at the clerical level. It is recommended that the RUNCOST evaluation procedure be considered for inclusion in any floating-automobile study of traffic-signal-system improvement.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 21-24
  • Monograph Title: Evaluation of transportation operational improvements
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026555
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM