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Develop A Social Return On Investment Framework For Iowa Rural Bridge Transportation Asset Management, Maria Catalina Miller Jan 2015

Develop A Social Return On Investment Framework For Iowa Rural Bridge Transportation Asset Management, Maria Catalina Miller

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, which funds surface transportation programs and transforms the policy and programmatic framework for capital investments to guide the growth and development of the country's vital transportation infrastructure. Within many of its goals, MAP-21 supports the economic growth of the regions and requires each state to develop a Transportation Asset Management (TAM) plan (FHWA-5 2012).

Therefore, the objective of this study is to develop a framework for the Iowa Department of Transportation (IADOT) to help in the prioritization and allocation of the ...


Evaluation Of Systemic Safety Methodologies On Low-Volume Rural Paved Roadways, Georges Elias Bou Saab Jan 2014

Evaluation Of Systemic Safety Methodologies On Low-Volume Rural Paved Roadways, Georges Elias Bou Saab

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Prioritizing locations in rural areas has been a major concern to various transportation agencies due to the wide-spread nature of crashes on rural roadways. A systemic (more proactive) approach is required to rank sites in this case since the traditional "hot spot" method only considers crash data. The thesis was based on a prioritization project funded by Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC). Several systemic safety methodologies were explored and summarized in the report. However, one technique was selected, i.e. Minnesota CRSP approach, on the basis of a decision-making matrix that included five factors. The selected technique was applied on secondary ...


Gis Modeling Of Urbanization Impacts On Natural Resources, Dakota County, Minnesota, Lan Wei Jan 2007

Gis Modeling Of Urbanization Impacts On Natural Resources, Dakota County, Minnesota, Lan Wei

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research focused on the impacts of urbanization in natural resources and land-cover changes due to urban development in Dakota County, Minnesota. An existing planning guide, the 2030 Regional Development Framework (2030 RDF) for the Twin Cities Metro Area, was analyzed and employed as a reference in this research. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology was used to help determine characteristics of urban land-cover changes, such as population change, land cover changes, and the environmental impacts on natural resources caused by urban development. Furthermore, land suitability modeling was utilized to analyze possible future development, from the perspectives of urban expansion and ...


Assessing The Benefit Of Improved Traveler Information: A Pseudo-Dynamic Modeling Approach , Michael David Anderson Jan 1998

Assessing The Benefit Of Improved Traveler Information: A Pseudo-Dynamic Modeling Approach , Michael David Anderson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research develops an assessment methodology to estimate traveler information benefits using regional travel demand and microscopic simulation approaches in combination. This method uses the strengths of the two conventional approaches in an innovative way, providing essentially a pseudo-dynamic model capability that uses readily available data and is easy to understand and implement. The pseudo-dynamic model provides measures of delay that are more reasonable than those available through either of the model sub-components individually;While attempts have been made to develop dynamic regional planning models, regional model "simulation" is not yet available. Therefore, the approach addresses several gaps in capabilities ...