Tolling lessons learned for road usage charge

Even though plug-in electric vehicles can reduce the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, externalities like congestion and road damage will exist. Therefore, state transportation agencies will need pricing mechanisms like a per-mile road user charge (RUC) to deal with these externalities while accounting for the transition to an EV-dominated fleet. In this project, focusing on electronic toll collection (ETC) methods, we aim to conduct a thorough review of lessons learned from established tolling systems across US states and the tolling system in Singapore and London. Post literature review, a multi-criteria performance framework of different tolling mechanisms will be formulated based on criteria such as accuracy of data collection, complexity for regulators and users, compatibility across policy objectives (primarily RUC), and equity. Finally, we aim to identify the best practices in the existing tolling systems for offsetting some of the costs for low-income drivers and demonstrate their effectiveness using travel behavior data from the National Household Travel Survey. A good understanding of the pros and cons of the existing tolling systems will help state transportation agencies investigate the trade-offs of the different tolling systems while designing an RUC.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $87,995.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Managing Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Davis

      1 Shields Ave
      Davis, California  United States  95616
    • Principal Investigators:

      Chakraborty, Debapriya

    • Start Date: 20210901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01775610
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Jun 29 2021 5:46PM