Evaluation Matrices for Public Sector Initiatives

This section presents a decision matrix for the identified public sector initiatives proposed in this Planning Guide based on inputs identified in Section A. The key inputs to produce such matrices should at least include:

  • Geographic scope of the problem: This output should define the area(s) where the problem is taking place, which will help define the scope of the potential public sector initiative, such as: citywide, area, corridor, or a point in the city. Again, when defining the geographic scope, it should be recognized that supply chains often interconnect wide geographic areas.
  • Main objectives to be achieved: It is necessary to clarify the nature of problem, and define corresponding objectives, such as reduction of congestion, pollution, and conflicts between truck activity and other users.
  • Key constraints: The analyst should have a preliminary estimate of the financial, time, and institutional constraints to which the initiatives will be subject.
  • Root causes of the problem: The analyst must confirm that the problem is indeed produced by freight activity, and determine which segment of the industry is creating the situation, such as: all or through traffic, large traffic generators (LTGs), urban deliveries, large trucks, or specific industry segments. It is also important to define the time-duration of the problem, such as during: a peak hour, a peak period lasting several hours, daytime, nighttime, or an entire 24-hour period. As discussed previously, identifying the sources and duration of the problem may require further analyses involving freight trip generation techniques, traffic counts, or interviews with key stakeholders. The more thorough this analysis, the more likely it is that appropriate solutions can be identified.

Based on these inputs, a preliminary set of potential initiatives could be identified by scanning Table 8 and Table 9, which show summary matrices of the wide spectrum of initiatives.

Table 8: Decision matrix for supply related initiatives

Table-8Notes: Geography: N: Nation, S: State, C: City, Co: Corridor, A: Area, P: Point, Po: Ports. Investment: VH: Very High, H: High, M: Moderate, L: Low, N: None. Implementation time: L: Long, M: Medium, S: Short. Target: TT: Through Traffic, UD: Urban Deliveries, LTG: Large Traffic Generators, AT: All Traffic, LT: Large Trucks. Major impacts: C: Congestion, P: Pollution, N: Noise, II: Inadequate Infrastructure, S: Safety, LU: Land Use. Potential for unintended consequences: VH: Very High, H: High, M: Moderate, L: Low, N: None.

Table 9: Decision matrix for demand related initiatives 

Table-9Notes: Geography: N: Nation, S: State, C: City, Co: Corridor, A: Area, P: Point, Po: Ports. Investment: VH: Very High, H: High, M: Moderate, L: Low, N: None. Implementation time: L: Long, M: Medium, S: Short. Target: TT: Through Traffic, UD: Urban Deliveries, LTG: Large Traffic Generators, AT: All Traffic, LT: Large Trucks. Major impacts: C: Congestion, P: Pollution, N: Noise, II: Inadequate Infrastructure, S: Safety, LU: Land Use. Potential for unintended consequences: VH: Very High, H: High, M: Moderate, L: Low, N: None.

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