Metropolitan Planning Technical Report No. 3
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Metropolitan Planning Technical Report No. 3

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    This is the third in a periodic series of reports issued by the Metropolitan Planning Division, Federal Highway Administration. The three reports in this issue focus on two distinct topics: analysis issues faced in small/medium sized urban areas and cost analysis. The first report discusses the analysis needs of small- and medium sire urban areas as they attempt to meet the requirements of lSTEA and the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. This report explains the rationale for new technical capabilities and then explains how these new capabilities my be developed. A number of topics are discussed including the following: multimodal demand analysis land use, social and environmental impacts, time-of-day analysis, and post processing for speeds. The second report describes the use of the Delphi process in projecting the,allocation, of growth in urban areas. The report. is based on a case study of an application of the process in a small urban area in Texas. This same process could be used in other urban areas, however its application is most appropriate in urban areas with a population of 200,000 or less. The third report provides assistance to those trying to evaluate transportation alternatives, across modes by describing the process for performing a least cost analysis of investment alternatives. The method described is a tool for performing an analysis from a societal point of view using a common measure (i.e. total cost) in an attempt to account for the full cost of each alternative. This methodology is applicable for several different categories of alternatives including both infrastructure development and systems management solutions.
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