The Mechanics of Forecasting the Community Noise Impact of a Transportation System.

by Jean R. Gebman

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Overview of a noise impact assessment methodology being developed by RAND to assist policymakers in evaluating the environmental impact of future transportation alternatives. There is a critical need to develop methods to provide adequate forecasts of the potential impact of future transportation technology on the environment. The methods should allow the planning agency to define and analyze the complex interrelationships among technical, environmental, social, and economic factors and take account of cost involved in meeting business and public interests. Forecasting community noise impact involves specifying the transportation system and then assessing the community impact in terms of the number of people exposed to perturbations in the noise environment. Application of a noise impact assessment analysis is made to five different transportation alternatives. 19 pp. Bibliog.

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