Cross-Modal Impact Assessment for Sustainable Transportation Networks

State agencies must make major operational and capital investments into the multi-modal transportation system with wide-ranging impacts. How do we assess the sustainability of each mode for more informed decisions? This project will develop a cost metric (in the unit of dollars) that estimates the total government cost of transportation projects – including direct costs (e.g., capital investments) and indirect costs (e.g., public health impacts from pollutants or climate impacts generated by a particular mode of travel).The main objectives of this project are to: (1) Develop a cost metric (in dollar units) to estimate a total government cost of transportation projects as a function of economic, environmental, and social costs, as it pertains to travel from point A to point B and across different modes of transportation. (2) Document the repeatable methodology for cross-modal sustainability assessment with clear system boundaries. (3) Create a visual summary of the metric that can be easily shared and understood without the need for in-depth technical knowledge.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $99968
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boakye, Jessica

    Okte, Egemen

  • Start Date: 20230215
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890182
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 121271
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2023 12:39PM