Cost Benefit Analysis of Freeway Service Patrol Programs: A Case Study in Florida

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benefit cost ratios, data processing, case studies, highways and roads, traffic accidents, traffic delay, traffic safety, colleges and universities

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Florida's Road Rangers provide free highway assistance services during incidents on Florida's roadways to reduce delay and improve safety for the motoring public and responders. This paper presents the research results from a recent completed study to describe and quantify the benefits derived from the Road Ranger program. The Freeway Service Patrol Evaluation (FSPE) model, developed by the University of California at Berkeley, was used to quantify the benefit-cost (B/C) ratio using a variety data from Florida SunGuide database for the year 2010. The benefits (delay and fuel saving) of the Road Ranger program were about $135.3 million in total, and the costs (contract) were about $19.9 million. Overall, the program achieved a B/C ratio of 6.78 in 2010. This paper will be informative for any agency looking to identify opportunities to improve the allocation of available funding for similar incident response programs.

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Sustainable Transportation Systems: Plan, Design, Build, Manage, and Maintain: Proceedings of the Ninth Asia Pacific Transportation Development Conference, Chongqing, China, 2012, p. 1-8.