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NCHRP 08-36/Task 07 [Final]

Development of a Multimodal Tradeoffs Methodology for Use in Statewide Transportation Planning
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 100,000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Steven Pickrell/Michael J. Markow
Effective Date: 7/13/2000
Comments: See NCHRP 08-36/Task 7(02) for the Phase II Report


Many states are in the process of updating their statewide multimodal transportation plans. In the past, total needs have been usually identified by mode, followed by a tradeoff exercise to financially constrain the plan to a target funding level. These tradeoffs, for program areas like safety, congestion relief, preservation, freight mobility, and alternative modes have generally been made on a policy basis, with little or no technical analysis to aid in the decision. A methodology was developed that can account for cost/benefit analysis, goal/achievement analysis, and performance considerations, thereby improving the decision-making tradeoff process.

The Phase I Final Report is available HERE.

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