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American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2015, 3(6), 193-199
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-3-6-1
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Scenario-based Multi-criteria Prioritization Framework for Urban Transportation Projects

Muqing Liu1, Vahid Balali2, , Hsi-Hsien Wei3 and Feniosky A. Peña-Mora1

1Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, USA

2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA

3Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Pub. Date: October 31, 2015

Cite this paper:
Muqing Liu, Vahid Balali, Hsi-Hsien Wei and Feniosky A. Peña-Mora. Scenario-based Multi-criteria Prioritization Framework for Urban Transportation Projects. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2015; 3(6):193-199. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-3-6-1


Given unprecedented levels of urbanization and motorization in addition to deteriorating infrastructure in developed countries, cities around the world have been facing the enormous challenge of delivering sustainable forms of infrastructure with fewer resources. The challenges in urban infrastructure investment become even more daunting as manifested by the staggering size of infrastructure funding gap. Therefore, prioritizing projects at the system level based on transparent and evidenced-based decision-making processes has emerged as one of the most promising ways to bridge enormous funding gaps especially for developing countries. To address the current limitations, this paper proposes a scenario-based multi-criteria prioritization framework for urban transportation projects in developing countries and then formulates it. This is done with the efficient use of pre-existing project evaluation information and emergent scenario of various stakeholders’ inputs. The framework is applied to set priorities for nine recent urban transportation projects constructed within a two-year framework in the Tianjin Binhai New Area, China. The results show that the proposed framework could serve as a consistent, robust, and comprehensive infrastructure project prioritization strategy that reconciles diverse perspectives among stakeholders. It also introduces sustainability in urban transportation decision making and links the prioritization process to the transportation planning that precedes it.

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