MALL Transit and Wider Economic Benefit Assessment

The topic of Wider Economic Benefit identification and evaluation has been the subject of significant research attention in the United Kingdom (UK), but has received less attention in the United States (US) context. There is a current proposal to expand the capacity of the Red Line subway (which runs north-south through Cambridge and Boston) through the modernization of the signal system plus sufficient equipment procurement to support the tripling of capacity by the year 2025; this proposal will also complement Red Line access to Kendall Square, Boston with a frequent rail shuttle with DMU vehicles to connect to the West (via a proposed new West Station on the western commuter rail service) and to the East (at North Station). Based on previous research on the economic growth in the Kendall Square area in relationship to transit and auto connectivity, and parking restriction policies, the researchers will analyze the transition from accessibility, by both auto and transit, to a primarily transit dependent accessibility as roadway capacity reaches full capacity. The project will develop reliable means to estimate the transport benefits and beneficiaries to support political decision makers in fashioning means to finance transformative projects. This research is expected to provide a capstone summary of the total MALL multi-year research effort.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000.00
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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
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39268

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557118
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, MITR25-14
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2015 1:00AM