Enhanced Cost Estimating and Project Development Procedures for MPOs

One of the major challenges for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) is that their transportation plans can be readily undermined by unrealistic preliminary cost estimates and unachievable project letting dates. This can lead to significant negative repercussions, including delays or cancellations of anticipated improvements, and even cascading effects on the viability of other planned development. To address this problem, this research will deliver a new procedural guidebook and software tool that will enhance the accuracy of Texas MPO’s cost estimates and project scheduling. The guidebook will be based on a rigorous analysis of best practices in MPOs and Departments of Transportation (DOTs) from across the nation that have a proven record of success in meeting target costs and letting dates. It will be vetted through multiple levels of analysis and expert review. Meanwhile, the related software tool developed in this project will allow MPOs to validate their cost estimates and scheduling on an ongoing basis, making use of statistical techniques and rigorous empirical data to provide an updated probabilistic range for cost and scheduling outcomes. These tools will allow MPOs to increase their confidence in their budgeting and scheduling, and will ultimately result in greater transportation benefits for the public at a lower cost.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Badgley, Sonya

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M University, Kingsville

    Kingsville, TX  United States  78363

    Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT)

    Texas Tech University
    Box 41023
    Lubbock, Texas  United States  79409-1023
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hessami, Amir

  • Start Date: 20160830
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01626196
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6929
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2017 12:38PM