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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-16-020    Date:  November 2015
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-16-020
Date: November 2015


User's Manual for The Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool (Version: 2.0)

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The User’s Manual for the Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool provides State and local engineers, decisionmakers, and other users with methods for evaluating and comparing the monetary value of TIM programs. In this version 2.0, the TIM-BC Tool features different sub-tools for eight different TIM strategies, including safety service patrol, driver removal laws, authority removal laws, shared quick clearance goals, pre-established towing service agreements, dispatch collocation, TIM Task Forces, and SHRP2 training.

Through the use of texts and screenshots of the tool, the user will become familiar with the TIM-BC tool, including all the eight sub-tools, and will be able to enter information into the software to obtain benefit elements and the benefit-cost ratios of various TIM projects.


This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The United States Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

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2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

User’s Manual for the Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool

5. Report Date

September 2015

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Jiaqi Ma, Taylor Lochrane

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Leidos, Inc.
11251 Roger Bacon Drive
Reston, VA 20190

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Operations Research and Development
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

User’s Manual

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR): Taylor Lochrane

16. Abstract

This document serves as a user’s manual for the Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost Tool (TIM-BC) Version 2.0, which is used to assist State and local engineers and decisionmakers with evaluating and comparing a variety of traffic incident management programs. The document describes how to use the tool by providing detailed instructions and screenshots of the tool.

17. Key Words

research, safety, user manuals, benefit cost analysis

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

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22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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Table of Contents

  1. Purpose.
  2. Introduction.
  3. Required User Inputs.
    1. Project Name Screen.
    2. Project Details Screen.
      1. Cost Calculator Sidebar.
    3. Segment Information Screen.
  4. Use Case: Estimating Benefits and Costs for an SSP Program.
    1. Home Screen.
    2. Project Name Screen.
    3. Project Details Screen.
    4. Segment Information Screen.
    5. Project Output Screen.


List of Figures


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