Truck Tolling--Understanding Industry Tradeoffs When Using or Avoiding Toll Facilities

Tolls have been used to advance an economic rationale for funding roadways, bridges, and tunnels in the United States since its founding. Additionally, tolling is advocated as a means of allocating scarce roadway capacity among users and achieving an array of other policy and environmental objectives. Toll facilities can improve traffic flow along congested corridors and facilities and raise new revenue for investment in transportation infrastructure and services. However, significant concerns remain among key stakeholders regarding the value of tolling. Goods movement businesses (trucking companies, shippers, and receivers) represent some of the most ardent critics of using tolls to address the nation's congestion, environmental, and roadway transportation infrastructure needs. As the national discussion of transportation investment and financing needs progresses, particularly in light of recent congressionally established commissions to address such issues, research is needed to understand how goods movement businesses assess tradeoffs in using or avoiding tolled facilities. Recent Transportation Research Board (TRB) forums that brought advocates and analysts of tolling together with trucking industry representatives highlighted the lack of understanding by advocates and analysts of the business of trucking. Some interviews with freight stakeholders have been conducted through FHWA and are documented in Issues and Options for Increasing the Use of Tolling and Pricing to Finance Transportation Improvements, Final Report, Work Order 05-002, prepared for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Transportation Policy Studies, June 9, 2006. Additional research is needed to foster a further understanding of industry tradeoffs when using or avoiding toll facilities. The objective of this research is to identify the value that goods movement businesses seek from the transportation roadway network and their willingness to pay tolls for that value.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 19

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    National Cooperative Freight Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    PB Americas, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:


  • Start Date: 20091207
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110607
  • Source Data: RiP Project 21030

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  • Accession Number: 01462204
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 19
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:00PM