Equity and Congestion Pricing: A Review of the Evidence
Prepared for the Environmental Defense Fund in 2009, by the RAND Corporation, this report evaluates equity issues with respect to congestion pricing. Four notions of equity are discussed and described in this report. They include: horizontal equity, vertical equity, cost principles and benefit principles. In evaluating equity, measures based on welfare, transportation access, and environmental justice are used and challenges in evaluating equity are noted. Comparisons among systems using pricing policies and current transportation policies, types of congestion pricing systems, and ways to implement congestion pricing systems are made. Finally, the report suggests ways in which equity criteria can be addressed or incorporated in planning and how equitable outcomes can be promoted.
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) collects and disseminates information about tolled transportation facilities around the world. The IBTTA website provides extensive information, including news updates, access to community discussions, links to publications, and a "data warehouse" containing information that IBTTA collects from toll operators. Some sections of the site are available to members only.
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) News Roundup
Through this bi-weekly newsletter, IBTTA captures and briefly summarizes news items of interest to IBTTA members. The News Roundup was delivered to IBTTA membership from 2004 through 2009, and has been replaced by an active scrolling news feed on the IBTTA home page. Archives of past issues of the News Roundup can be accessed through the above link.
TOLLROADSnews is a publication specializing in tolling, and provides descriptions of new toll projects around the world, analysis of political, legal and economic issues of toll projects. Information on toll technologies and reports of ongoing operations of toll agencies and projects are also made available through this website.
Transitioning to a Performance-Based Federal Surface Transportation Policy
On March 16-20, 2010 the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project held an international workshop titled, "Transitioning to a Performance-Based Federal Surface Transportation Policy." A workshop summary report was released June 23, 2010. The report covers purposes and core elements, challenges for transitioning, lessons learned, and critical elements for beginning a reliable and effective transition to performance-based surface transportation policies and programs. A podcast of the conference is also made available on the Bipartisan Policy Center website.
Are We There Yet? Creating America's Future Transportation System
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) published this 2009 primer on creating America's future transportation system. The document provides a good introduction and overview of the current status of the nation's transportation system, the need for reform, and AASHTO recommendations to Congress to advance the system. The renewed focus of the Federal Program covers the following six key objectives: preservation and renewal, interstate commerce, safety, congestion reduction and connectivity, and system operations. Also discussed throughout the primer are program areas including: highways, freight, environment, intercity passenger rail, safety, and transportation research.
A Forum on the Future of Highway Transportation in America
On July 27, 2005 the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) held a forum on the "Future Highway Transportation in America" in Washington, D.C. IBTTA engaged 15 experts from different stakeholder groups with vested interest in the future of U.S. highways to discuss current challenges and vision. This report presents highlights of the discussion that took place at this roundtable.
VMT-Based Fees: Issues and Considerations from a Multi-State Perspective
On May 5, 2009, the I-95 Corridor Coalition held a brainstorming session on fees based on VMT. The purpose of the meeting was to gain input on the appropriate role for the I-95 Corridor Coalition in a multi-state VMT-based fee program or pilot, as well as the scope of a multi-state VMT-based fee case study project. The meeting summary provides a summary of the issues and considerations including decisions involving early deployment vs. pilot program, user groups, revenue collection/distribution, Federal fees vs. Federal-State-Local fees, public perception and education, technology, and enabling legislation.