To date, the development of measures and cost-benefit analysis in the transportation field has focused on the individual project level, not the whole-system level. In a world of limited resources (i.e. natural, environmental, spatial, and financial), individual projects can only be analyzed and conceived coherently if we know what they are meant to accomplish as part of a complete system. For capital investment in infrastructure to be beneficial and profitable, we have to develop and agree on a set of measures and goals to guide these major investments.
Once these national level measures and goals are established, they can be applied to regional and local investment plans, so that individual projects can be developed purposefully and productively.
The National Benefits Project is co-led by OnTrackNorthAmerica and Cisco Systems, Inc.