National Systems of Transport Infrastructure Planning: The Case of Germany

This paper describes how the German standardized evaluation scheme for transport infrastructure projects was one of the most advanced concepts during the 1980s. The paper describes why it was not developed further at the beginning of the nineties because German unification set other priorities. The update for the Federal Transport Infrastructure Investment Plan 2003 includes some new and remarkable elements. The spatial impacts of transport investment are now evaluated in a new way, taking into account the changes in spatial gravity patterns. The paper describes how, through a detailed environmental impact assessment, the consideration of environmental risks is a secondary goal of the updated method. The treatment of spatial and environmental elements shows that the German method is on the way to a more system-based analysis. The interdependence analysis for interrelated projects also tends to follow this direction. However, this basic approach is still comparatively static and provides only a partial analysis, based on measuring changes in the transport sector. Therefore, a number of double counts still occur and there is no clear distinction between efficiency gains and equity improvements. This paper describes how the development of integrated assessment modeling, as initiated in the research activities of the EU Commission, can contribute towards generating more realistic figures on the overall economic benefits of transport infrastructure and it spatial allocation. It can be expected that integrated assessment will complement direct cost-benefit analysis (CBA) assessments in the future so that better support can be provided to public and private decision makers.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 7-39
  • Monograph Title: National Systems of Transport Infrastructure Planning

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  • Accession Number: 01052006
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9282123413
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2007 9:26AM