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Business Cases for Transportation Investments

Use of TREDIS Analysis Modules to Address the “Business Case” for Transportation Investments

Tool Treatment of Time Effects Outcome Metric Use for Business Case Analysis
BCA Discounted $
(future year values are diminished by the time value of money)
Present Value of either Benefit Cost Ratio (B/C) or Net Benefit (B-C)
(sum of stream over time)
Efficiency of Investment
reflecting roll-up of all benefits and costs over time, space and elements of the economy)
EIA Constant $
(reflects today’s $)
Change in Value Added (GRP)
(and associated jobs)
in specific target years
Strategic Goal Achievement
(in terms of economic growth for specified areas, times and elements of the economy)
FIA Nominal $
(future year values are increased
by inflation growth over time)
Annual Cash Flow and Return
on Investment (ROI) by year over facility life
Feasibility of Financing
(in terms of expenditures required and revenues achieved over time)

BCA = Benefit-Cost Analysis, EIA = Economic Impact Analysis, FIA = Financial Impact Analysis

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