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Network Expansion Decision-making in the Twin Cities

  • Norah Montes de Oca
  • David Levinson


    (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

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.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 200608.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in Journal of the Transportation Research Board: Transportation Research Record #1981 (Planning and Analysis 2006) pp 1-11 [ISBN: 0309099919]
Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:decisionrules
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