|M.Sc Student||Rader Dan|
|Subject||Transport Projects Evaluation - an Alternative to "Prat"|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Daniel Shefer|
Transportation planning is a complicated process, involving normative decisions based on technical applications, as well as being closely connected to the complex issue of land use planning. In addition the budgets required for the implementation of transportation
projects are frequently very large. Due to these reasons, it is essential to reach reasonable decisions ex-ante in order to ensure the best outcome within the physical, institutional and budgetary constraints.
This thesis proposes a new evaluation method based principally on the understanding that the most fundamental goal of transportation investment should be to serve the people. Thus, at the core of this method is an examination to decide which project supports and assists the development of the desired land use pattern. The methodology leans on a matrix which presents the accessibility (in terms of time) for each O-D pair in the broader relevant zone. The data (travel time) in each cell of the matrix is then used to evaluate which origin has the best accessibility-opportunity to each destination, including the analysis of equity issue. A separate analysis then determines which destination enjoys the most attractive accessibility and therefore has the potential for the most intensive land use development. In addition to these two aspects, a wide range of environmental, safety and feasibility issues are considered. On all four counts, the project is then evaluated, with equations that adhere to clear, quantitative criteria so no subjective judgment is involved in the final scoring process. The outcome of the scoring process indicates which project is the most desirable and deserves to be implemented.