USER BENEFITS IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF METROPOLITAN FREEWAY

AN EXTENSIVE TWO-PHASE STUDY OF HIGHWAY USER BENEFITS RESULTING FROM THE OPERATION OF THE SEATTLE FREEWAY IS ANALYZED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SIMPLIFYING THE DATA REQUIREMENTS AND THE METHODS OF CALCULATION. RESULTS OF THE DETAILED STUDY OF BENEFITS INDICATE THAT TRAVEL TIME SAVING AND ACCIDENT REDUCTION BENEFITS ARE THE PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS OF URBAN HIGHWAY USER BENEFITS. THE BASIC FORM OF THE TRAVEL TIME SAVING CALCULATION IS ANALYZED. USE IS MADE OF THE MINIMUM TRAVEL TIME RATIO (MTTR) TO EVALUATE TRAVEL TIME SAVINGS. IT IS HYPOTHESIZED THAT THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE MTTR AND HIGHWAY AND TRAFFIC CHARACTERISTICS WILL FACILITATE ITS ESTIMATION. CALCULATIONS USING THESE RATIOS IN CONJUNCTION WITH COARSE TIME OF DAY SUBGROUPINGS AND A TRUCK FACTOR, TO ACCOUNT FOR THE DISPROPORTIONATE TRAVEL TIME BENEFITS ENJOYED BY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, PRODUCE BENEFITS IN SUBSTANTIAL AGREEMENT WITH THE RESULTS OF MULTI- VEHICLE ANALYSIS. AN ANALAGOUS METHOD OF ACCIDENT REDUCTION BENEFIT CALCULATION IS PROPOSED. A RELIABLE METHOD OF FREEWAY AND ARTERIAL ACCIDENT COST ESTIMATION IS DESCRIBED. A SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE OF BENEFIT CALCULATION IS PRESENTED AND TESTED AGAINST THE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS ANALYSIS. AGREEMENT WITHIN TWO PERCENT IS ACHIEVED. THE SENSITIVITY OF THE CALCULATED TRAVEL TIME AND ACCIDENT REDUCTION BENEFIT TO ERRORS IN THE COMPONENT FACTORS IS EXAMINED. WITH ONE EXCEPTION, THE RESULTS ARE NOT OVERLY DEPENDENT UPON INDIVIDUAL ESTIMATES. THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT A SIMPLIFIED METHOD CAN BE USED TO ESTIMATE FREEWAY USER BENEFITS IN URBAN AREAS. A MINIMIZATION OF THE DATA REQUIREMENTS FOR ANALYSIS PURPOSES SHOULD FACILITATE FUTURE BENEFIT CALCULATION. SUPPLEMENTARY RESEARCH OF A LIMITED NATURE MAY BE NECESSARY IN THE EXTENSION OF THESE METHODS. /AUTHOR/ REFERENCES: VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS OF FUEL AND TRAVEL TIME ON URBAN ARTERIALS AND FREEWAYS, J.W. HALL, R.B. SAWHILL, J.H. MATTESON. ACCIDENT RATES AND COSTS ON URBAN ARTERIALS AND FREEWAYS, J.W. HALL, R.B. SAWHILL, J.H. MATTESON.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, Y-1142
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Seattle, WA  United States  98195

    Washington State Department of Highways

    Olympia, WA  United States 

    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hall, J W
    • SAWHILL, R B
    • MATTESON, J H
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 9 1970 12:00AM