This manual provides cost factors, nomographs and guidelines for estimating the economic effects of highway and bus-transit improvements on highway and transit users. It is intended to replace the 1960 AASHTO report qRoad User Benefit Analyses for Highway Improvements.q This manual presents all of the information needed for economic analysis of most types of highway and bus-transit improvements, including curve elimination, widening or adding lanes, reducing gradients, new road construction, intersection controls, dedication of lanes for buses and changes in bus routes or schedules. However, the manual user must first supply physical and financial data on the improvement and estimate its effect on highway capacity and traffic, transit patronage, miles of bus travel and average bus service speed.Step 1: Update User Cost Factors Cost factors for use in calculating highway user costs are presented in this manual in ... Updating factors should probably be calculated when relevant price levels (especially for fuel and the initial cost of vehicles) change by more than 20 percent. ... Thus, if future benefits or costs are in constant dollars, they will be understated in relation to a market rate of return. Henceanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Manual on User Benefit Analysis of Highway and Bus-transit Improvements|