A Decision-Maker Defined, Cost-Effectiveness Framework for Highway Programming

D. I. Wilson, J. L. Schofer

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Federal regulations that specify the development of the Transportation Improvement Program charge metropolitan planning organizations with responsiblity for establishing a forum for cooperative transportation decision making. This paper describes an effort by the Chicago Area Transportation Study to perform that role. It focuses on the development of a simple linear weighting scheme for use in ranking federal-aid urban system highway projects for inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Program for DuPage County, Illinois. This approach was developed in close working relationship with local decision makers, who participated in the selection of measures of effectiveness, the weighting of those measures, and the definition of the overall scheme. The results of the method, which combined both traffic and environmental measures for two points in time, were provided to decision makers as a basis for choice rather than as a rule for decision making. The success of the effort was measured by the correspondences between the analytic ranking of projects and the Transportation Improvement Program ultimately chosen by local officials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalTransportation Research Record 677
StatePublished - 1978


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