Network Expansion Decision-Making in the Twin Cities

Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1981, pp. 1-11, 2006

45 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2007

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Norah Montes de Oca

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David Matthew Levinson

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Abstract

This paper presents a qualitative analysis of the decision-rules used by jurisdictions in Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area. Interviews were conducted with staff at the city, county, metropolitan, and state levels to determine how decisions about road investment, expansion and new construction were made. Flowcharts were developed to provide a more systematic way of presenting that information. Most jurisdictions do not have extensive public participation processes, though several, notably the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and the City of Minneapolis do. Jurisdictions with public participation have the most formal and extensive documentation of their investment decision process. The decision factors vary by jurisdiction, though safety, capacity, and pavement quality were important throughout.

Keywords: decision-rules, network expansion, Twin Cities, safety, capacity, pavement quality

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Montes de Oca, Norah and Levinson, David Matthew, Network Expansion Decision-Making in the Twin Cities. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1010512

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