Multi-modal Project Developments and Assessment Process in the US - Lessons for the UK Appraisal Framework



Multi-modal Project Developments and Assessment Process in the US - Lessons for the UK Appraisal Framework

Authors

SEAGRIFF E A, London Transport, UK

Description

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has established a rigorous framework for the consistent assessment and development of multi-modal transport investment schemes for which Federal grants are sought. This specifically refers to 'New Starts' proj

Abstract

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has established a rigorous framework for the consistent assessment and development of multi-modal transport investment schemes for which Federal grants are sought. This specifically refers to 'New Starts' projects, principally major new fixed guideway public transport systems or extensions to existing fixed guideway systems, that are eligible for discretionary Federal funding under the 'Section 5309 New Starts' programme. If successful, regional transport authorities are required to employ consistent methods and indicators to progress from system planning, to preliminary engineering, final design and finally, implementation.

Locally developed studies which seek Federal funds need to be compared at a national level to determine priorities for grant allocation. The paper outlines the Federal appraisal criteria which have recently been developed to facilitate this. Innovative methods have been employed, to encompass wider policy aspects such as the relationship with mobility, sustainable land use planning and with areas of poverty, to supplement the more traditional appraisal criteria. Given the current rethink on multi- modal appraisal and the format of transport plans in the U.K., the paper suggests aspects which could usefully be considered in the U.K. context.

Publisher

Association for European Transport