Enhancing TSM&O Strategies Through User Cost Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment

One of the primary objectives of Transportation Systems Management and Operation (TSM&O) strategies is to optimize the capacity of existing transportation infrastructure by reducing congestion. Over the past decades, agencies and researchers investigated the use of various strategies such as deployment of advanced traveler information systems, ramp metering, surveillance through closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and synchronized signals to achieve this objective. Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of various alternative strategies has received particular attention to identify the strategy with the lowest cost. However, increasing concerns over the impacts of transportation systems on nearby communities as well as the environment are urging decision makers to consider the environmental impacts of various TSM&O strategies in addition to user costs. Vehicle emissions are affected by various factors such as vehicle's speed, idling time, and acceleration, which in turn depend on the traffic activities of other vehicles and level of congestion. Changes in highway capacity and pavement condition have an impact on the level of user costs incurred by commuters. There is a lack of decision support systems that would allow decision makers to simultaneously compare environmental, social and economic impacts of TSM&O strategies over their life cycle. The aim of this study is to address this gap in research.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $480000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Syracuse University

    L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
    223 Link Hall
    Syracuse, NY  United States  13244
  • Principal Investigators:

    Salem, Sam

  • Start Date: 20120102
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31923

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571803
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC17, KLK900-SB-004
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2015 1:01AM