Accession Number : ADP004682

Title :   A Nonlinear Programming Model to Measure the Economic Impacts of Inland Navigation Systems. GEM 2,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Sweeney,D. ; Healy,M.

Report Date : FEB 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This paper presents a nonlinear programming tool for investigating the economics of inland waterway transportation systems. The model explicitly incorporates the interaction of system components into the economic analysis of that system. The model is robust in that it may be used to compute the economic benefits of a navigation system or alterations to that system under a wide variety of assumptions concerning the operation of the system. The system-wide economic impacts of user charges, congestion fees, and capacity expansion measures are fully readily analyzed. Investment strategies to achieve the greatest economic benefits of a navigation system or alterations to that system under a wide variety of assumptions concerning the operation of the system. The system-wide economic impacts of user charges, congestion feed, and capacity expansion measures are all readily analyzed. Investment strategies to achieve the greatest economic benefit for a limited capital budget can be determined and analyzed using the model. The model may be used to design congestion feed to better manage an existing navigation system.

Descriptors :   *ECONOMIC IMPACT, *INLAND WATERWAYS, NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, BUDGETS, WATER TRAFFIC, DELAY, CONGESTION, COSTS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, BENEFITS, INVESTMENTS, ECONOMIC MODELS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE