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Guide to Calculating Mobility Management Benefits Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Benefits Summary Table 15 summarizes various categories of benefits that should be considered when evaluating mobility management. Current transportation planning practices tend to overlook and undervalue many of these benefits.

Efficient land use (smart growth)

Increased accessibility and improved travel options. Reduced public service costs. Reduced stormwater

Certain land use planning objectives are often considered during strategic

management costs and heat island effects. Openspace and cultural resource preservation. Improved community cohesion.

transport planning, but not generally considered when evaluating individual projects.

Congestion reduction

Reduced road and parking congestion delays, and additional fuel consumption and pollution emissions. Improved walking and cycling conditions. Deferring, reducing or avoiding the need to expand facility capacity to solve congestion.

Receives consideration, but not always considered when comparing road and parking facility expansion with mobility management options.

Roadway cost savings

Roadway construction and maintenance cost savings. Reduced traffic service costs (traffic policing and emergency services).

Roadway construction costs receive consideration. Future maintenance costs receive less consideration.

Parking cost savings

Parking facility construction and maintenance cost savings.

Parking costs receive little consideration in most transport planning analysis.

Consumer savings

Reduced consumer costs, such as vehicle operation and ownership expenses.

Short-term vehicle operating costs considered but mileage-based depreciation and ownership costs are often overlooked.

Transport diversity (mobility options for non-drivers)

Improved mobility and accessibility options, particularly for non-drivers. Reduced chauffeuring requirements by drivers. Support for equity objectives, such as the fair share of resources to non-drivers and affordability.

Some consideration, particularly the provision of walking facilities and basic transit services. Often overlooked when evaluating other types of planning decisions.

Road safety

Reduced per capita traffic crashes.

Although safety receives consideration attention, increased vehicle mileage is not generally considered a risk factor and mileage reductions are not generally considered safety strategies.

Energy conservation

Consumer cost savings. Reduced economic costs of importing petroleum. Reduced environmental costs of producing fuel.

Considered desirable, but not generally considered when evaluating individual projects.

Pollution reduction

Reduced air, water and noise pollution emissions. Improved public health.

Some pollution impacts are considered in major transport planning.

Public health

Increased walking and cycling increases fitness and health.

Considered desirable, but not generally considered when evaluating individual projects.

Current Planning

Table 15 Category

Mobility Management Benefit Summary Subcategories

Mobility management can provide a variety of economic, social and environmental benefits. Many of these tend to be overlooked in current transport planning.


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