An Optimal Resource Allocation Tool for Urban Development Using GIS-based Accessibility Measures and Stochastic Frontier Analysis

This paper presents a tool that identifies specific locations in California where resource allocation has succeeded in maximizing benefits to the public. The tool and the Geographic Information System (GIS) map derived from this tool also indicate which locations in California fail to be optimal and require their residents to travel excessively to pursue the same amount of activities in comparison to other optimal locations around the state. Stochastic frontier regression analysis, along with a wide variety of derived land use and transportation infrastructure indicators as inputs, are used to measure efficiency. The outputs include location opportunities, such as retail, education, health, and manufacturing. The tool shows which demographic segments suffer the most from suboptimal time allocation and what type of investment is needed to lessen this burden. This new tool also shows the distribution of benefits of the transportation system and identifies differences in benefits across regions. In addition to the substantive findings about and mapping of the relative investment efficiency in California, this paper also presents a method to assess efficiency in a multi-objective environment.

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    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Department of Geography
    Santa Barbara, CA  United States  93106-6230

    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1720

    University of California, Berkeley

    California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Richmond Field Station, 1357 South 46th Street
    Richmond, CA  United States  94804-4648

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Authors:
    • Goulias, Konstadinos G
  • Publication Date: 2007-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p
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  • Accession Number: 01055860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-PRR-2007-7
  • Contract Numbers: TO 5110
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2007 7:58PM