Documenting the Value of ITS in Kentucky

  • Crabtree, Joseph (PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


OBJECTIVES: The objective of this project is to develop cost and benefit estimates for all of Kentucky's ITS projects and assess the overall effectiveness and value of the ITS program. To the greatest extent possible, this project will make use of evaluation work that has already been done, either in Kentucky or elsewhere. The focus of this project will be on compiling and analyzing data, rather than collecting new cost and benefit data. BACKGROUND: Kentucky has been a national leader in the field of ITS for more than a decade, with leading-edge projects in the areas of Commercial Vehicle Operations, Traffic Management, Traveler Information, and many others. Kentucky's ITS Business Plan, published in September 2001, listed 21 different ITS projects that were already deployed in Kentucky as of that date. More than 20 additional projects were listed in the Business Plan as recommended for deployment and/or expansion. Kentucky has invested heavily (using both Federal and State funds) to deploy ITS technologies, with the goal of improving the safety and efficiency of the surface transportation system. For the most part, it is unknown just how cost-effective this investment has been. Some evaluations have been performed, mostly for individual projects, but many ITS projects have never been evaluated. To date, there has never been an effort to compile the evaluation data from individual projects and produce a benefit-cost evaluation of the entire ITS program. FY 2007 PROPOSED WORK: It is anticipated that all ITS projects will be identified and described and that substantial progress will be made on reviewing the available evaluation documentation. PROGRAMMED COST FY 2007: TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $50,000 $95,000
Effective start/end date7/1/066/30/07


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