Public Attitudes on Managed Lanes and Toll Roads

Arizona's existing transportation finance sources are expected to provide, at best, static levels of funding that are unlikely to meet its transportation system's needs. Public-private partnerships may provide a new revenue source. New legislation allows Arizona to more fully explore public-private partnerships, including the creation of toll roads, which may lead to a transformation of transportation system funding. Public-private partnerships often shift the charge for use of transportation facility to the individual user via a toll or other direct fee instead of a general gasoline tax. Historically, attempts to raise existing taxes, establish new taxes, or institute novel means of financing transportation have been only moderately successful in Arizona. This study will examine the public's response to this shift and identify points that will make the shift acceptable to the public. Like most other transportation agencies, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has almost exclusively used interviews and polling to acquire data on public opinion regarding financing. This project will use a quantitative and qualitative methodology to identify the funding scenarios that the public most highly favors. From these the project will identify the points at which the public's opinion and its decisions veer toward acceptance or rejection of a particular funding mechanism on micro (individual decisions to use a toll facility or lane) and macro levels (factors leading to societal action to raise revenue levels). However, the primary focus will remain on personal decisions and macro-level choice determinations.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $351,225
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

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

      Arizona Department of Transportation

      Motor Vehicle Division, 206 S. 17th Avenue
      Phoenix, AZ  United States  85007
    • Project Managers:

      Phelan, Bernadette

    • Performing Organizations:

      Partners in Brainstorms

    • Principal Investigators:

      Ginn, Diane

    • Start Date: 20130111
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20180501
    • Source Data: RiP Project 28819

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01567118
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arizona Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPR-707
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM