White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

The sensitivity of optimal transport strategies to specification of objectives

Timms, P.M., May, A.D. and Shepherd, S.P. (2002) The sensitivity of optimal transport strategies to specification of objectives. Transportation Research A, 36 (5). pp. 383-401. ISSN 0965-8564

Available under licence : See the attached licence file.

Download (778Kb)


This paper describes a method for devising transport strategies that makes iterative use of transport models to find the optimal levels of pre-defined transport measures. It gives the results from using this method in nine European cities. At the heart of the procedure lies the definition of objective functions which encapsulate policy-makers’ objectives with respect to economic efficiency and sustainability. These objective functions include a number of significant parameters and the paper examines the sensitivity of the results to changes in the values of these parameters. The parameters concerned are: the level of shadow price used with regard to public sector financial surplus and deficit; the trade-off between the perspectives of the present generation and a future generation (of importance to issues of sustainability); the trade-off between internal benefits/costs and external (environmental) benefits/costs; and the level of user benefits that can be “value captured” in the sense of raising additional finance for transport policies. Full sets of results are given for these sensitivity tests, and a number of practical transport policy conclusions are made.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Transportation Research Part A:Policy and Practice. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2014 03:42
Published Version: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09658...
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0965-8564(01)00009-X
Related URLs:
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2509

Actions (repository staff only: login required)