A MIX-OF-MODES EVALUATION MODEL FOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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An important focus of a meaningful evaluation model for transportation systems is to evaluate alternatives within the context of the entire package or mix of transportation services. More specifically, it is the evaluation of the incremental benefits and costs from adding a modified or new transportation mode to the existing mix. The purpose of the paper is to develop a methodology which conceptually may be useful in evaluating alternative transportation systems within such a mix-of-modes context. An important characteristic of the suggested methodology is that alternatives are evaluated along several important dimensions so as to reflect users of transportation systems, business firms that are involved in providing transportation services, and also the general public. In order to concentrate on the more important aspects of the problem, it is convenient to confine attention to intercity transportation along a single link between two metropolitan areas. The suggested model is adaptable, however, to the larger problem of transportation within a network of large cities.
- Numerical Mathematics
- Civil Engineering