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NCHRP 20-65/Task 49 [Completed]

Impact Assessment Indicators for Administration of Public Transportation Grants
[ NCHRP 20-65 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $75,000
Research Agency: AECOM
Principal Investigator: Scott Baker
Effective Date: 5/22/2013
Completion Date: 7/30/2015

Significant research has been done on the efficiency and effectiveness of transit program funding, including increases in ridership; shifts from single occupant automobile travel; and benefits to specific transit objectives, such as mobility of traditional riders, reduction in pollution, and reduction in congestion, which are achieved relative to federal and state funding expended. It is important to measure these benefits and keep these measures and the ultimate objectives of the programs in mind. However, state transit administrators are also faced with a more specific part of this broader picture – how to cost effectively manage the administration of grant funds at the state level.

This study examines the indicators that states’ Departments of Transportation develop to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of their transit program administration activities. The research team designed and conducted an online survey with 45 state DOTs. The survey included questions on: what indicators of transit program administration effectiveness and efficiency they use, what indicators they find most effective, and how they report the indicators and make use of the report. Twenty-seven out of the forty-five state DOTs responded to this survey. Among the 27 states responding to the survey, Missouri, Texas and Virginia were selected for more in-depth case studies.
Research completed.
Unpublished, contractor's final report.
Disclaimer: This is an uncorrected draft as submitted by the Contractor. The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied herein are those of the Contractor. They are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, or the program sponsors.

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