Development of Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation (TRB, 2013)

The Strategic Highway Research Program II funded the development of tools to help assess the wider economic benefits of transportation projects. The goal of this project was to develop a bridge between (A) the case study form of analysis provided by the Transportation Project Impact Case Studies web tool, and (B) more sophisticated simulation and forecasting models that are necessary to fully assess the wider economic impacts of proposed projects.
This study addresses that need by providing four sets of spreadsheet tools that can aid in transportation project impact assessment. These tools enable measurement of project impacts on travel time reliability, intermodal connectivity and accessibility, and they are accompanied by an accounting system for incorporating them into economic benefit and impact analyses.
View the final report.
The tools and user guides can be found here.