PANEL 4: IMPACTS ON ECONOMICS OF THE REGION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

THE PANEL AGREED THAT AN ANALYSIS OF BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT (BART) MUST INCLUDE THE OVERALL ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS OF THE SYSTEM, THE EFFECTS ON THE OTHER TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENTS, AND THE INDIRECT EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMICS OF THE REGION.. THE BENEFITS AND DEFICIENCIES OF COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS WERE DISCUSSED FOR DETERMINING THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE BART SYSTEM. IT WAS AFFIRMED THAT IN ANY ANALYSIS THE TOTAL REGION SHOULD BE USED AS THE UNIT FOR ANALYSIS. COSTS WERE DISCUSSED BY THE PANEL UNDER THE GENERAL CATEGORIES OF CAPITAL COSTS, OPERATING COSTS, AND INDIRECT COSTS. THE BASIC BENEFITS TO BE ANTICIPATED ARE THE CHANGE IN TIME FOR COMMUTING. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRICING OF THE SERVICES AND A DEMAND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. ONE RESEARCH STRATEGY SUGGESTED COMPARISON OF THE ALTERNATIVES OF FREEWAYS, OTHER BART SYSTEMS, OTHER TRANSIT SYSTEMS, OR MAKING NO DECISIONS FOR TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT. THE DATA BASE NEEDED FOR SUCH IMPACT STUDIES WERE DISCUSSED. A CONCERTED EFFORT IS NEEDED BY TRANSPORTATION ECONOMISTS AND PLANNERS TO DEVELOP AN ACCEPTABLE TECHNIQUE FOR EVALUATING ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT.

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  • Accession Number: 00201870
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1970 12:00AM