A Study of the Allocation of Transportation Resources Through the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Transportation Services

The objective of this report is to develop an effective transportation resource allocation technique that is flexible and can be applied to various areas. Allocation procedures were developed and tested for apportioning resources to transportation services in relation to community transportation objectives. Procedures were developed and applied that measured the effectiveness of candidate transportation service proposals in terms of a transportation resource allocation index (TRAI). The extent to which a transportation proposal achieves the community objectives is defined as its effectiveness. The transportation index was computed on the basis of the projects scorings for eight selected determinants, multiplied by the weighing assigned to each determinant in accordance with their relative effectiveness.

The TRAI for eight transportation service proposals including transit, were computed as a pilot study and as a working test of the techniques in the Tri-Cities area of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco, WA. There appears to be no complication in implementing this technique for allocations in any local urban area providing the concepts are correctly evaluated and applied.

Publication Date: 
Friday, April 30, 1982
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 043.1
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:40
Robert S. Nielsen, Daniel J. Shea, Keith E. Yandon.
Washington (State). Public Transportation and Planning Division.
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Economic factors, City planning, Organizational effectiveness, Resource allocation, Social factors, Strategic planning, Transportation planning, Travel, Travel demand, Urban transportation.