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We are a leader in applying Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) to transportation, energy, and other infrastructure projects; environmental policies; economic development programs; and urban development investments. 

We use BCA to evaluate the overall efficiency of public or private sector investments. This methodology allows us to aggregate monetizable project benefits and costs and roll them up into a single measure of net benefit, rate of return, or benefit/cost ratio. BCA comprises an integral element of multi-criteria project evaluation and regularly is applied to public policy or regulatory actions. It is an important tool for investment decision-making. 

Our methods and models measure the widest possible range of benefit categories and portray, from multiple perspectives: 

  • Public and private capital and operating costs 
  • Benefits to project users, such as reduced travel time and reliability savings for passengers 
  • Wider social and environmental benefits for non-users, such as reduced pollutant emissions  
  • Enhanced productivity of workers, businesses, and land 

Additionally, we apply our BCA practice to support applications for multimodal and mode-specific discretionary grant programs run by various international, federal, state, and local agencies. With our support, planning and operation agencies, cities, port authorities, and private operators have been awarded over $290 million since the inception of the discretionary grant programs in 2009.