The Experience with Managed Toll Lanes

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first managed toll lanes in the United States: the landmark express lanes on State Route 91 (SR-91) between Riverside and Orange Counties, California. Managed toll lanes run alongside the general purpose lanes of an expressway and are accessible by paying a toll which is set to maintain relatively high speeds and reliability on the managed lanes even when the general purpose lanes are congested. The SR-91 Express Lanes were so successful both in reducing congestion and in generating revenue to cover construction costs that they encouraged many other metropolitan areas to plan and build managed toll lane systems of their own. While the experience of SR-91 has been studied extensively many of the more recent facilities have not been carefully documented. This project will build a data base on the performance of the roughly 20 open managed toll lane projects in the United States drawing on the academic literature, the reports generated by the sponsoring agencies and the managed lane operators, clippings from specialized professional journals like Public Works Financing and Toll Road News as well as interviews by telephone and in the field. The data base would be used to try to generalize about the circumstances in which managed toll lanes are likely to be economically sensible and politically acceptable.

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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $140612.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39328

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  • Accession Number: 01557736
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, HVDR25-20
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2015 1:00AM