Title

PRIORITIZING TECHNOLOGIES: INCORPORATING ITS AND TELEMATICS PROJECTS INTO PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Authors

P L. Marx

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2004

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, land use - impacts, technology - intelligent transport systems, place - urban, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Urban transportation, Transit, Telematics, RTI, Road transport informatics, Public transit, Mass transit, Local transit, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Investments, Investment requirements, Intracity transportation, Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Infrastructure, Economic impacts, Customer service, Cost benefit analysis, Benefit cost analysis, Automotive telematics, ATT, Advanced transport telematics

Abstract

The investment decision to introduce new technologies to public transport services is often made based on operational costs and benefits. These are perfectly valid, but may not be comparable from one technology to another. This paper presents an alternate set of performance measures that may address this issue, taking as a premise the concept of customer service. This is a new application of public transportation performance measures that have developed over the past 10 years or so--measures that focus on traveler comfort, time savings, and environmental impacts in a way that avoids double-counting of benefits, thus allowing the development of attainable performance standards for new transport investments. The author suggests that by focusing on these metrics, responsible officials can more reasonably compare investment choices as diverse as use of alternate fuels, building new maintenance or operations facilities, or ITS improvements.

Comments

Research in Transportation Economics Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/07398859