AN EXPLORATIVE FREEWAY COST EARNINGS STUDY

COMPARATIVE COSTS AND USER-TAX EARNINGS OF FREEWAYS IN RURAL, SUBURBAN, AND URBAN AREAS ARE ANALYZED. THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE NEED FOR AND THE DESIGN AND COST OF FREEWAYS ARE INFLUENCED BY PEAK-LOAD CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY THE MORNING AND EVENING SURGES OF COMMUTER TRAFFIC IN URBAN AREAS ARE DISCUSSED. BOTH THE AVERAGE "UNIT-COST" COMPARISON AND THE "PAY-BACK" METHOD PRODUCED FINDINGS INDICATING THAT, IN GENERAL, THE URBAN FREEWAYS ARE CAPABLE OF EARNING THEIR WAY, NO LESS SO THAN THE SUBURBAN AND RURAL FREEWAYS. IN ANALYZING THE COST CHARGEABLE TO PEAK-LOAD USERS, BOTH THE DIFFERENTIAL-COST ANALYSIS METHOD AND THE METHOD IN WHICH THE TOTAL COST IS ALLOCATED ENTIRELY TO THE PEAK-LOAD TRAFFIC PRESENT CERTAIN DIFFICULTIES. A COMPARISON OF FREEWAY COSTS PER VEHICLE-MILE DERIVED FROM AVERAGE UNIT-COST, PEAK-LOAD DIFFERENTIAL, AND PEAK-LOAD FULL-RESPONSIBILITY ANALYSES IS PRESENTED. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Oehmann, J C
    • Davis, J M
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 50 pp
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1970 12:00AM