This paper presents a methodology that integrates regional equity, funding constraints, public acceptance, and uncertainty into a technical programming procedure. Developed for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, it can be used to generate tentative multiple- period investment programs that are reasonably efficient in an economic sense and comply with a variety of funding, legislative, and community constraints. The program generation procedure is a heuristic one, based on marginal analysis. It handles independent and mutually exclusive investments, project benefit interdependencies, multiple funding sources, regional and other expenditure minimums, and functional classification constraints. It uses a measure of benefits, the capital cost, and an estimate of the political acceptability of each proposed investment to determine its suitability over alternative projects. The procedure can be made to handle virtually any number of potential investments and has been programmed for computerized operation. In the overall framework of an iterative and participatory transportation planning process among communities, regional planning authorities, and state agencies, this methodology provides a valuable and efficient tool for (a) combining a great deal of essential data into tentative programs and (b) clarifying the trade-offs between and among programs. The resulting programs can then serve as the basis for further discussion and compromise.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 19-24
  • Monograph Title: Transportation programming, economic analysis, and evaluation of energy constraints
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  • Accession Number: 00148662
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025680
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-020 305
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM