Multi-Criteria Sustainability Assessment in Transport Planning for Recreational Travel

Joseph Y.J. Chow, Sarah V. Hernandez, Ankoor Bhagat, Michael G. McNally

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A transport planning framework is considered that incorporates a multi-criteria, composite sustainability index (CSI) with elastic decision-maker preferences, and applied to a case study of an outdoor recreational destination. A stated preference survey is conducted on transit alternatives to access the United States. Mojave National Preserve from Barstow, California, located 160 kilometers away. A binary logit model is developed to relate policy variables to sustainability dimensions. A revised CSI is applied to evaluate eight alternatives under three decision-making schemes. Findings suggest that a zero-emissions train service with two round trips per day is preferred over the other alternatives under all three schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-175
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • composite sustainability index
  • multi-criteria decision-making
  • outdoor recreation
  • transport planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation


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