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The Politics of Large Infrastructure Investment Decision-Making: The Case of the Second Avenue Subway

Over the past few decades, urbanization and economic growth have intensified the need for more efficient urban and regional transportation, including the expansion and reorganization of existing transportation networks. Given such huge investments and severe constraints on resources such as financial and land, infrastructure projects require a careful prioritization and selection among available alternatives. In reality, project selection appears to be determined as much by politics as by transport-economic considerations.

The Usefulness of US Transportation Service Index for New York State/Metro Area

Business indices play a c r i tical role in summarizing the business conditions of the economy and
indicating the forthcoming of phase changes in business cycle. The useful indices should accurately reflect
the business reality and dynamic changes of the economy. In the pas t decades , signi ficant indus t ry
t ransformation from manufacturing to services has been observed in both New York State/Metro area and the
ent i re nation. The share of goods in US GDP has declined from 54% to 35% and the share of services has

9 - Using Regional Multipliers to Assess the Economic Impacts of Transportation Investments in Northern New Jersey

The main objective of this paper is to assess key economic impacts, mainly output, employment, and earnings, in Northern New Jersey from recent major transportation infrastructure investments, mainly in rail. This effort is part of the New Jersey 21st Century study carried out by the University Transportation Research Center, Region II, for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Regional multipliers, derived from input-output analysis, have been used widely to measure economic impacts.

10 - The Residential Relocation Impacts of Midtown Direct; A Descriptive Analysis

<p>This paper presents an analysis of the residential relocations that followed the New Jersey Transit Midtown Direct rail improvement. The increased transit accessibility provided by the Midtown Direct connection reduced one-way commuting travel times by 15-20 minutes between New Jersey and New York. The analysis examines the residential decision-making process of travelers before and after the rail improvement. It is based on revealed preference surveys mailed by City College of New York (CCNY) to 1242 riders in 2001.

6 - Presentation of Available Land Use Data Using TransCAD

The primary purpose of this working paper is to present available land use information for New Jersey State at county and municipality level (where available). Land use research is important for many scientific, ecological and land management purposes. Land use/land cover maps tell us how much of the landscape is changing, as well as what changes have occurred and where the changes are taking place.

1- Outlining Objectives, Approach and Structure of Study

The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of planned transport infrastructure investment projects on travel behavior and economic development in New Jersey. The proposal for this research project discusses 5 main objectives for this study. The purpose of this working paper is to review these objectives, provide basic definitions, highlight key issues and suggest methodologies to accomplish these objectives. In addition this paper suggests a general structural framework and outlines the main tasks and phases to follow.

12 - Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between Accessibility and Economic Development

One of the key factors that play a pivotal role in a region's economic well being is the presence of a reliable and efficient transportation infrastructure. This is mainly due to the fact that a well-developed transportation system provides adequate access to the region, which in turn, is a necessary condition for the efficient operation of manufacturing, retail, labor and housing markets.

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