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TransValU Tool
An Economic and Financial Analysis Tool

What is TransValU?


Which transportation improvement brings the most return on your investment? Or creates the most jobs?" How do you compare the relative benefits and costs of multiple project alternatives? Florida DOT District Five has created a tool to address these questions. TransValU (Transportation Value to You) is a tool  designed for corridor-level economic and financial analyses of proposed transportation investments in District Five*. The tool can be used to assess projects focused on passenger movements (including highway, transit, bicycle/pedestrian, and combinations of these modes) or on the movement of goods (including highway freight, rail freight, and intermodal logistics centers).

Three types of analyses are available within the tool: Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA), Economic Impact Analysis (EIA), and Financial Analysis. Separate BCA and EIA modules are used for evaluating freight projects.

The BCA modules compare the total costs of a project to its expected benefits, and calculate net benefits to society. Key outputs include the project net present value (NPV), benefit-cost ratio (BCR), break-even year, and overall rate of return (ORR).

The EIA modules estimate the economic impacts of a project on the economy of a state or region. Both short-term and long-term impacts are estimated**. Economic impacts are expressed as changes in jobs, earnings, business sales (output), and value added.

The Financial Analysis module focuses on the flows of money to and from a project and calculates net revenue, financial rate of return, and the discounted payback period.

* County-level analysis is available for District Five only, however district-level analysis is also available for other Florida DOT districts.
** Currently, long-term impacts are estimated for freight projects only.
 
 

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