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Sustainable Transport Rating Tool via Traffic Impact Studies

Dima Jawad
Notre Dame University– Louize, Faculty of Engineering, Beirut, Lebanon
Abstract—In the Gulf Countries, rating systems that evaluates sustainable practices in construction and development has proven to have a positive impact in promoting the sustainability agenda to the point that it has become a marketing tool for developers, corporate, and sometimes regions and countries. Realizing that sustainability as a framework needs to be localized in order to achieve maximum effectiveness and attempting to reap such benefits of promoting sustainable transport practices among private sector developers, a sustainable transport rating tool for the Gulf countries was developed and is presented in this paper. This rating tool is novel since must be used in conjunction with the review process of the mandatory impact traffic studies (TIS) which is submitted for every new development. The tool is developed based on the content requirements of the TIS as set by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority. After defining the objectives, four categorizes under the rating tool were identified, fourteen associated measurable performance indicators were selected by local experts so that the rating tool is practical and fitting to the applicable standards and regulations. Credits were assigned based on resulting weights using Saaty AHP pairwise comparison. At the end, certification levels were defined. Promoting sustainable transport practices, through using this tool and based on the certification level attained, transport agencies can waive some of the impact cost (cost sharing) that the developer is required to pay.

Index Terms—sustainable transport, traffic impact studies, rating system

Cite: Dima Jawad, "Sustainable Transport Rating Tool via Traffic Impact Studies," Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 30-35,  June 2013. doi: 10.12720/jtle.1.1.30-35
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