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Before and After Studies of New Starts Projects

Federal law requires sponsors of transit projects receiving major capital project funding from FTA to produce a Before-and-After Study that assesses the impact of the project after it is built. In the study, the project sponsor compares predicted versus actual construction costs, service levels, project scope and ridership after project has opened. These studies inform FTA’s decisions on future proposed projects and contribute to the likelihood that major capital projects will start on time, finish on budget and meet ridership goals.

Guidance on Before-and-After Studies of New Starts Projects

Before-and-After Studies Reports to Congress

This annual report analyzes the impact that a New Starts project has on transit services and ridership, evaluates the consistency of predicted and actual project characteristics and performance, and identifies sources of differences between predicted and actual outcomes. 

The information derived from these annual reports will help to ensure that procedures and technical methods used provide reliable information for decisionmaking for new fixed guideway projects.  The information will also enable FTA to document the accomplishments of the New Starts and Small Starts programs and strengthen its technical support program.

Updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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