University of California Transportation Center
Evaluation Methods for Rail Transit Projects
- Author(s): Johnston, Robert A.
- DeLuchi, Mark A.
- et al.
The demand for rail transit funds greatly exceeds available monies. Worse, there is wide-spread disagreement over the wisdom of building rail systems in American cities. The Urban Mass Transportation Administration’s (UMTA’s) transit analysis methods have relied on cost-effectiveness measures with little attention devoted to the analysis of economic efficiency. We survey the literature on transportation evaluation and propose a model method based on economic theory and on practice in other federal agencies. We review UMTA’s past methods and recommend changes.