A multiple criteria approach for the evaluation of the rail transit networks in Istanbul

Haluk Gercek
Istanbul Technical University
Birsen Karpak
Youngstown State University
United States
Tulay Kilincaslan
Istanbul Technical University

Publication date: May, 2004

Journal: Transportation
Vol.: 31- Issue: 2- Pages: 203-228

Publisher: Springer

Abstract: The deficiencies in the Istanbul transportation system have led the local authorities to plan several alternative transportation projects. In this paper three alternative rail transit network proposals are evaluated by using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), a multiple criteria decision support system. The AHP facilitates decision-making by organizing perceptions, experiences, knowledge and judgments, the forces that influence the decision, into a hierarchical framework with a goal, scenarios, criteria and alternatives of choice. Based on this analysis, the decision makers have developed a new alternative as a combination of the most closely competing two alternative rail transit networks. This combination rail transit network is currently under construction.

Keywords: AHP, Decision support system