tolls

Sweden and Virginia: Messaging and variable tolls can influence mode choice

By Robbie Webber Two recent studies—one practical and one academic—show two approaches to reducing driving. A Swedish study looked at what types of messages influence the choice to drive, while a report from Virginia shows that tolls on the I-66 corridor outside Washington have made a

Florida brings dynamically priced express lanes to an already tolled road

By Rayla Bellis The Veterans Expressway in Tampa (State Route 589) will soon be the latest highway in the country to get a dynamically priced express lane in each direction. However, unlike most other managed lanes around the nation, which are typically implemented on an untolled roadway, the

Growing support for mileage-based user fees

By Bill Holloway Recent survey results indicate growing public support for road-user fees as a way of paying for transportation infrastructure. HNTB’s most recent America THINKS survey, conducted in March, found that 65 percent of Americans would support user fees such as mileage-based user

CBO report suggests changes to increase productivity of federal highway program

By Bill Holloway The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released a new report, Approaches to Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive, which outlines problems with the way the federal government spends money on highways and suggests some potential fixes. The report argues that

Do HOV to HOT conversions decrease carpooling?

By Robbie Webber A study from Texas A&M asks whether carpooling decreases when lanes are converted from high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to lanes allowing solo drivers to pay a toll. Their conclusion: it depends. The researchers studied eight roadway segments in six states and found that

VA Supreme Court: Tunnel tolls are user fees, not taxes

By Robbie Webber In a ruling denounced by the Portsmouth business community and commuters, but applauded by VDOT, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling by a lower court that held the tolls imposed to pay for tunnel expansions and maintenance in Portsmouth are

With trend towards road tolling, demand forecasting critical

By Mary Ebeling The first leg of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector—known locally as the ICC and envisioned as a multimodal transportation corridor—winds 18.8 miles between I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County and U.S. 1 in Prince George’s County. Supporters sold the project as one that

HOT lane study points to importance of reliability over average delay

By Eric Sundquist A new University of Minnesota study on driver behavior in managed lanes provides some findings that on the surface seem highly counter-intuitive, but that may have a simple explanation: travelers care more about reliability than delay. The study looked at prices and usage of

VMT in the news: A warning to investors, a policy lesson for Congress, a reality check on climate policy, and charts

By Eric Sundquist Flat-to-declining highway transportation demand has been with us for about a decade, and consensus is building for the position that it is not a historic aberration but rather a durable trend. A roundup of recent VMT-related news: VMT data has prompted Fitch Rating to caution

Colorado’s U.S. 36 project breaks new ground

By Eric Sundquist One of the highlights of SSTI’s recent workshop on the Transportation Alternatives Program was former Boulder, CO, Mayor Will Toor’s account of a project to improve a key corridor between Boulder and Denver. The U.S. 36 project, now underway, will expand a four-lane