LIFE CYCLE COST AS A CRITERION FOR OPTIMIZING THE CAPACITY OF VEHICLE TERMINALS

THE GOAL IN PLANNING AND DEVELOPING TRANSPORTATION TERMINAL FACILITIES IS TO PROVIDE CAPACITY ADEQUATE TO MEET MOST DEMAND. CAPACITY SHOULD BE SUCH THAT NO SUBSTANTIAL PORTION GOES UNUSED FOR SO MUCH OF THE TIME THAT THE FACILITY BECOMES UNECONOMICAL. THUS, SOME CAUTION MUST BE EXERCISED IN DETERMINING THE OPTIMUM CAPACITY FOR THE NORMAL PERIOD OF DEMAND PATTERN. THIS STUDY WAS AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP A MODEL THAT WOULD SPECIFY THE OPTIMUM VEHICLE STORAGE CAPACITY OF A TYPICAL TERMINAL FACILITY OVER ITS ENTIRE LIFE CYCLE. IN APPROACHING THIS OBJECTIVE, SIMULATION METHODOLOGIES, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, AND STATISTICAL METHODS WERE BLENDED AND DIRECTED TOWARD A PRACTICAL SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM. SPECIFICALLY, THE ECONOMIC TRADE-OFF AND THE LEVEL- OF-SERVICE CONCEPT WERE USED TO ASSIST IN THE COST- EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS. FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES, A MICROSCOPIC MODEL DESCRIBING AN INDIVIDUAL TERMINAL OF THE MINICAR TRANSIT SYSTEM WAS FORMULATED, TESTED, AND REFINED. THE RESULTING MODEL IS INTENDED TO BE GENERAL AND FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO BE USED IN PLANNING THE TERMINAL CAPACITY OF ANY TRANSPORTATION MODE. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 38-49
  • Monograph Title: Transportation costs
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  • Accession Number: 00202086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1972 12:00AM