A Note on Rail Transit Cost-Benefit Analysis: Do Nonuser Benefits Make a Difference?

  title={A Note on Rail Transit Cost-Benefit Analysis: Do Nonuser Benefits Make a Difference?},
  author={Peter Gordon and Paige Elise Kolesar},
  journal={Public Works Management \& Policy},
  pages={100 - 110}
Rail transit systems in modern American cities typically underperform. In light of high costs and low ridership, the cost-benefit results have been poor. But advocates often suggest that external (non-rider) benefits could soften these conclusions. In this paper we include recently published estimates of such non-rider benefits in the cost-benefit analysis. Adding these to recently published data for costs and ridership, we examine 34 post-World War II U.S. rail transit systems (8 commuter rail… 

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