Assessing Alternative Transportation Systems

by James R. Miller


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A description of an explicit, logically consistent, and replicable procedure to aid in evaluating alternative transportation systems. It is assumed that a decision context has been specified and that a fixed set of discrete alternatives has been produced. The procedure to aid in the assessment and decision process is quantitative throughout and relies heavily on subjective inputs from responsible decisionmaking personnel. The major thesis of the procedure is that assessment and final choice must depend on subjective evaluations, but that a systematic and quantitative method of making such judgments proves quite helpful. Results drawn from an experiment that was performed to test the procedure (in a simpler, nontransportation context) support this view. This study is one of three (see RM-5868 and RM-5877) dealing with techniques for analysis of multidimensional alternatives and contributing to an overall research effort directed toward development of comprehensive and systematic methodology for evaluating the potential utility of alternative transportation proposals.

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