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BEHAVIORAL DATA

In transportation studies, data based on the way individuals or coherent groups of individuals, presumably with highly similar responses, behave when faced with a set of transportation alternatives (see also Attitudinal Data). (TRB)

BELLOWS

Rubber air bags of the suspension system used in place of springs to improve ride and enable the bus to level itself.

BELT HIGHWAY

An arterial highway for carrying traffic around an urban area or portion thereof. (TRB)

BELT SYSTEM

A means of transportation using continuously moving belts, for example, a pedestrian belt or a belt that carries individual small vehicles. (TRB)

BENEFICIAL USE

Equipment or facility that is functioning after construction or repair and has been accepted into service by the Authority.

BENEFIT ASSESSMENT DISTRICT

A limited area around public transportation stations in which non-residential property owners are taxed for benefits derived from proximity to the system.

BENEFIT ASSESSMENT DISTRICT (BAD)

A limited area around public transportation stations in which non-residential property owners are taxed for benefits derived from proximity to the system.

BENEFIT-COST RATIO

The ratio of the dollars of discounted benefits available to the given outlay of discounted costs. (TRB)