Evaluation of transportation proposals
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The implementation of transport proposals affects the well-being of individuals and groups in society, and given that they can affect the life chances of large numbers the cumulative consequences are important. Evaluation involves the assessment of the comparative merits of different courses of action. Evaluation differs from the various types of analytical tests that are applied to each alternative separately, to ensure that plans are internally consistent, e.g. tests to ensure that the capacity of the proposed transport system is adequate to accommodate the predicted volume of traffic. Cost-benefit analysis is a practical way of assessing the desirability of projects, where it is important to take the long view and a wide view, i.e. it implies the enumeration and evaluation of all the relevant costs and benefits. Pioneering work on cost-benefit analysis was carried out in the United States of America in connection with navigational improvement schemes following the River and Harbour Act 1902.