Analysis of a Carbon Fee or Tax as a Mechanism to Reduce GHG Emissions in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, 2014)

This study was commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to analyze how a possible revenue-neutral carbon tax (or fee) could be implemented in the Commonwealth. A carbon fee/tax is a simple and transparent way to create a price for emitting carbon dioxide (and

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2015)

SSTI and Smart Growth America continue working with state departments of transportation and tracking innovative strategies for meeting 21st century transportation needs. The 2015 edition of The Innovative DOT builds upon its predecessors with updated content from a growing number of states. The

Characteristics of Premium Transit Services that Affect Choice of Mode (TRB, 2014)

This report explores the full range of determinants for transit travel behavior and offers solutions to those seeking to represent and distinguish transit characteristics in travel forecasting models. It includes appendices that present detailed research results including a state-of-the-practice

The Future of Transportation Infrastructure Investments: Determining Best Practices for States’ Funding and Financing Mechanisms (Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy – College of William & Mary, 2014)

Federal funds account for a significant portion of transportation investment, with states responsible for almost half of transportation infrastructure revenues. In an era of tight federal budgets and growing debt, states will likely have to shoulder more of the burden. This report concludes that

VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel (SSTI, 2013)

For many decades, transportation planning has assumed continued increases in automobile use. Now, in a major reversal, the average American is driving considerably less. According to the most recent FHWA travel-volume report for July, total vehicle miles traveled showed no increase compared to

2013 Emerging Trends in Parking (International Parking Institute, 2013)

According to the results of a just-released survey, the United States is undergoing a parking revolution as the industry embraces a variety of new technologies that make it easier for people to find and pay for parking, and for parking authorities to better manage it. Further results show which

Road Usage Charge Pilot Program Preliminary Findings (Oregon DOT, 2013)

The objective of the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program is to demonstrate several choices for measuring and paying a road usage charge that are easy for motorists to perform while maintaining an efficient collection system administered by multiple interoperable providers, including ODOT and

Report on Impacts of Road Usage Charges in Rural, Urban and Mixed Counties (Oregon DOT, 2013)

This report represents the study of impacts of road usage charges in rural, urban, and mixed counties in Oregon. The prospect of an Oregon road usage charge has faced questions regarding the policy’s relative impacts on urban and rural residents. The central concern of stakeholders is the

Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing: A Primer (FHWA, 2012)

The failure of cities to price parking based on demand has resulted in an under-performing parking system, the impacts of which include lost revenue, increased congestion, decreased access to businesses, environmental harm, and inconveniences to travelers. Under-priced and free parking also

Mileage-Based User Fee Winners and Losers An Analysis of the Distributional Implications of Taxing Vehicle Miles Traveled, With Projections, 2010–2030 (Rand Corporation, 2012)

This study uses household-level survey data of travel behavior and vehicle ownership to estimate changes in annual household demand for VMT in response to changes in the cost of driving that result from adopting mileage-based user fee (MBUF) alternatives. Equity is a commonly raised public