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Citation:  Chen, C., Achtari, G., Majkut, K., & Sheu, J.-B. (2017). Balancing equity and cost in rural transportation management with multi-objective utility analysis and data envelopment analysis: A case of Quinte West. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 95 148-165.
Title:  Balancing equity and cost in rural transportation management with multi-objective utility analysis and data envelopment analysis: A case of Quinte West
Authors:  Chen, C., Achtari, G., Majkut, K., & Sheu, J.-B.
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Publisher:  Elsevier
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2016.10.015
Full text:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965856416309259   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Rural communities face two emerging transportation challenges: cost control and equity due to an increase in demand and limited operations resources available, and the need to deal with unavoidable tradeoffs between multiple objectives and criteria.
Purpose:  The authors develop a new technique for rural transportation management, one that considers both equity and cost factors under multiple purposes.
Findings:  The authors develop new performance measures and analytical model for decision making on rural transportation systems with multiple objectives, both desirable and undesirable. They also develop a heuristic procedure based on data envelopment analysis. This approach is designed to characterize and analysis route design choices on the edges of costs and multi-objective measures of equity.
Conclusions:  The new methodology discussed in this article has been implemented successfully by Quinte Access in a rural community in Ontario, Canada. It has been implemented to redesign bus routes with numerous benefits in various performance measurements. The knowledge and support tools developed through this study should help deliver more sustainable transportation services for rural regions.

Populations served:  Rural and remote communities