Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 38-03. Compilation of Public Opinion Data on Tolls and Road Pricing

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">In recent years there has been a significant and widespread increase in interest in the use of flat tolls, variable tolls, and other forms of road pricing, as a source of funding and as a means to manage congestion and provide additional traveler options. This includes many states and regions which have little prior experience with road pricing as well as areas that have well-established tolling programs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>While interest has grown, there remains considerable uncertainty and misunderstanding among public officials and policymakers about the overall public opinion on charging for the use of roads. </font></font></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Much information has been gathered in recent years on the topic, often obtained as part of individual studies of particular projects or local polling in individual states or communities. For example, newspapers in <st1:city w:st="on">Chicago</st1:city> and <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Minneapolis</st1:place></st1:city> recently conducted polling regarding existing and proposed future toll projects in those areas. State departments of transportation have conducted workshops and focus groups on the subject, while in other cases more formalized polling and even referenda have been undertaken.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span></font></font></span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The purpose of this synthesis is to compile and analyze relevant literature and available results from public opinion polling and other forms of public involvement on this important topic. While the focus is on <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> experience, some international perspective could prove useful and instructive to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region> practitioners.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The compiled information will be summarized and analyzed to identify those factors which influence public acceptability, such as how revenues are used, existing vs. new capacity, and availability of travel options.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The synthesis will determine how the outcomes are affected by the situation in which the poll is conducted, timing, and background situational factors.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Data should be analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively, and should identify any changing trends in public opinion over time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt"><o:p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font></o:p></span></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20061101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080516
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15990

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543767
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:04AM