Alternatives Analysis—Its Role in Public Transit

by Stephen R. Beard, Schimpeler-Corradino Associates, Houston, TX, USA,
Joseph C. Corradino, Schimpeler-Corradino Associates, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects


The Urban Mass Transportation Administration's first major urban mass transportation investments policy statement was issued in 1976. The policy was revised and updated in 1978 and 1980 and expanded significantly in 1984. The evaluation process incorporated in these policy statements has become increasingly specific and quantifiable. It is the application of these 'rules' that narrows the number of major transit projects to those few that will be constructed with federal funds. A review of the efforts to apply those evaluation rules indicates that they are producing a list of projects which resist being 'pegged,' or justified, on a bureaucratic basis.

Subject Headings: Public participation | Public transportation | Investments | Public policy | Urban areas | Transportation management | Infrastructure construction | Federal government

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