Evaluation Tools to Support ITS Planning Process: Development of a Sketch Planning Tool in FSUTMS/Cube Environment
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning requires the use of tools to assess the performance of ITS deployment alternatives relative to each others and to other types of transportation system improvement alternatives. A number of sketch planning tools have been developed to support the evaluation of ITS alternatives based on the utility-based and/or the economical-based approaches. These tools range in details from simple spreadsheets with simplified assumptions like the Screening Analysis for ITS (SCRITS) tool to more sophisticated tools like the ITS Deployment Analysis System (IDAS) and The ITS Options Analysis Model (ITSAOM)
The objective of the work proposed in this document is to develop tools and procedures to perform sketch-planning evaluation of the costs and benefits of ITS alternatives within the FSUTMS/Cube software environment, allowing a more powerful, easy-to-use, and consistent evaluation of ITS. This tool will be an important component of the ITS planning process in Florida.