This paper presents the process and results of evaluation, selection, and implementation (on a test-case basis) of a priority programming methodology for the Maryland Department of Transportation that was part of a National Cooperative Highway Research Program project. The methodologies that were evaluated for application to the state of Maryland included (a) the priority programming system (PPS), (b) the highway investment analysis package, (c) the objective priority programming procedure, and (d) the transportation resource allocation model. Other programming techniques were considered but eliminated through a screening process. Criteria were formulated but eliminated through a screening process. Criteria were formulated to assist in the evaluation. PPS is a computerized tool for the estimation of the road-user benefits of individual highway improvements as a function of when the improvement is implemented and the subsequent scheduling of implementation of sets of improvements so that total user benefits are maximized. Benefits can be broadly defined (e.g., social, economic, environmental, or travel) costs or focused on user (travel-time, accident, operating) costs depending on the preferences of the state. The PPS was successfully used for the determination of priorities in a test case of 26 of the largest primary state highway projects. The paper concludes by discussing from the Maryland perspective the ways that the PPS in particular and priority programming tools in general can be used in addressing transportation issues of statewide concern. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 8-15
  • Monograph Title: Transportation finance and charges, programming, and costs
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  • Accession Number: 00196584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028256
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM