FHWA Webinar: Best Practices in Enforcement on Managed Lane Facilities

FHWA hosted a webinar on best practices in managed lanes enforcement.

Best Practices in Enforcement on Managed Lane Facilities

March 28, 2016

2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT                   

Register at: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/e4barkabrtr/event/event_info.html

Priced managed lanes continue to gain popularity in recent years as a way to address highway congestion in urban areas. One of the key challenges, however, remains enforcement. Significant time and funding has been invested in exploring innovative ways to monitor and enforce the use of managed lanes. In the past, transportation agencies have relied primarily on law enforcement officers.  However, this method often puts the lives of officers at risk; it can be costly; and, identifying which vehicles are violators has been made more difficult due to the variety of exemptions a facility/operator may choose to extend to users.

Transportation agencies, private vendors, and manufacturers have recently collaborated to identify new technologies/strategies that can assist agencies in effectively enforcing managed lane policies.  This webinar will feature some of the best practices based on lessons learned from some of the new enforcement technologies that are being tested and utilized.

The following speakers will present at this webinar:


Chris Sanders, Director of Tolling Operations, State Road & Tollway Authority | Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

Joe Averkamp, Senior Director; Technology, Policy and Strategy at Xerox

Javier Rodriguez, TSM&O Program Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation

Paul Steinberg, Chief Business Officer | Evangelist | Sales | Business Development | Policy | IoT | Connected Car, Carma

Summary of the 2015 Mid-year Meeting of the TRB Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25)

The 2015 Mid-year meeting of the Transportation Research Board’s Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25) took place on April 29, 2015 in Portland, OR.

Click here to download a summary of the meeting.

If you have questions or corrections regarding the 2015 mid-year meeting summary please contact Trey Baker at r-baker@tti.tamu.edu.

2016 TRB Annual Meeting: Agendas and Meeting Information for ABE(25)

Congestion Pricing Committee, ABE25
Wednesday 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty I (M4)
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Congestion Pricing Outreach Subcommittee, ABE25(1)
Monday 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty K (M4)
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Research Subcommittee, ABE25(6)
Monday 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty I (M4)


Congestion Pricing Economics Joint Subcommittee of ABE25, ABE20
Monday 5:45 PM- 7:15 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty I (M4)
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Mileage-Based User Fees Joint Subcommittee of ABE25, ABE10
Tuesday 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty K (M4)
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Multimodal Pricing Implementation Joint Subcommittee of ABE25, AHB35
Tuesday 5:45 PM- 7:15 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty I (M4)
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Call for Papers: 2016 TRB Annual Meeting

Ken Buckeye, ABE25 Vice Chair and Research Committee Chair, has been actively engaged with the Managed Lanes Committee (AHB35) for a collaborative call for papers for next year’s TRB annual meeting. This call for papers is attached, and, active on the MyTRB.org website. The topics of the call for papers include:

  • The Future of Managed Lanes: Taking the Next Step with Technology
  • Managed Lanes and Transit Working Together for a More Sustainable Transportation Solution
  • Impacts of Access and Eligibility Requirements on Performance of Congestion Priced and Managed Lane Facilities
  • Managed Lanes as a Test Bed for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Surely there is a paper you have in mind that will meet one of these four topics! We hope you will consider responding, or reaching out to others you know who would be interested in responding to this solicitation.

As with all TRB papers, the deadline for submittals is August 1st. However, new this year is the submittal through MyTRB.org. You may use your MyTRB.org login information to obtain information on paper submittals: https://www.mytrb.org/?PressAmpTarget=/Paper/Instructions.

If you have questions about this call for papers, please contact Ken Buckeye (Kenneth.buckeye@state.mn.us) or myself (ungemah@pbworld.com). We look forward to submittal!

Thank you.

ABE25 Co-Chair

Presentation from Dr. Andreas Kossak on Road Pricing in Germany and Europe

The TRB Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25) held its mid-year meeting on April 29, 2015. At the meeting, Dr. Andreas Kossak discussed the history and current state of road pricing in Germany and Europe. It was a very thorough and informative presentation and would serve as a good resource for those interested in the topic of road user charging. If you would like to learn more, Dr. Kossak’s presentation can be downloaded here.

2015 TRB Mid-Year Meeting: Agendas and Meeting Information for ABE(25)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:00 am – 12:45 pm (PACIFIC TIME)

Parsons Brinckerhoff, 400 SW 6th Ave, Suite #802

Portland, OR 97204


Call-in Number: 1-877-829-8910 – 5973967# (USA)

For toll-free international access go to http://goo.gl/686xId and enter the following:

  • Dial-in Number: 8778298910
  • Code: 5973967


Committee and Subcommittee Meeting Schedule

7:00 AM       Mileage-based User Fee/VMT Subcommittee (Please check back later for an agenda) 

8:15 AM       Pricing Research Subcommittee (Download the agenda )

9:30 AM      Break

9:45 AM      Pricing Outreach Subcommittee (Download the agenda)

11:00 AM    Congestion Pricing Committee (Download the agenda)

12:45 PM     Adjourn

1:00 PM      No Host Lunch (location TBD)

IBTTA Transportation Finance and RUC Conference: "Transportation Idol" Performance Contest

Some concepts are easy to understand. You put money into a vending machine, push a button, and a bag of chips pops out. Simple. Other concepts are harder to understand. For instance, what is Road Usage Charging, how does it work, and why do we need it anyway?

You are invited to participate in a contest to explain to the public, clearly and effectively, the rationale for and the benefits of (1) road usage charging or (2) tolling. The best entries in this contest will become FINALISTS in our “Transportation Idol” Contest.

If selected as one of the FINALISTS in our “Transportation Idol” contest, you will show your video or perform your skit, song, poetry, dramatic reading, commercial jingle, circus act, or other eligible performance LIVE on stage at IBTTA’s Transportation Finance and Road Usage Charging Conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Contest Rules:

1. Your contest submission must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015.
2. Each contest entry (submission) must include a video of a skit, song, poetry reading, dramatic reading, commercial jingle, circus act, speech, business presentation or other eligible performance (as determined by the judges) that explains to the public, clearly and effectively, the rationale for and the benefits of (1) road usage charging or (2) tolling. Related questions that your video might address are: What is your elevator speech to remove the skepticism about Road Usage Charging? How can you make road usage charging or tolling irresistible to the public?
3. You must submit your entry in a video format that can easily be opened and viewed on a personal computer.
4. Submissions must be less than 4 minutes in length.
5. You must send your video directly to this email address pjones@ibtta.org or send a link to the video on YouTube or a similar platform.
6. A panel of judges will evaluate contest entries based on originality, clarity, innovation, a sense of whimsy, and related criteria. The decision of judges is final.
7. If your video is selected as a FINALIST, it will be shown in Portland at the IBTTA conference and will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the audience. In addition, you may be given the opportunity to perform your skit, song, jingle (if applicable) LIVE on stage.
8. Your submission must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick D. Jones
Executive Director and CEO
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association

IBTTA Transportation Finance and Road Usage Charging Conference in Portland, Oregon, April 26-28, 2015

As Congress struggles to restore the solvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, states and localities are blazing new paths to generate sustainable funding for their vital transportation infrastructure. Thirty-five states now use toll financing to build and operate limited access road infrastructure. Oregon and a dozen other states are exploring road usage charging (RUC), a policy of assessing fees for the use of roadway infrastructure across an entire roadway network. Learn about these and other topics during the IBTTA Transportation Finance and Road Usage Charging Conference in Portland, Oregon, April 26-28, 2015.  Click this link for details: www.ibtta.org/Portland

Assistance Sought on Managed Lanes Signage Research

FHWA and the HOV / Managed Use Lanes Pooled Fund Study are investigating the Best Practices for Signing on a Multi-Segment Managed Lanes Network. This study examines how to better sign managed lanes when multiple segments intersect to form a regional network. Two phases of signing simulation are to be performed. This first phase involves an online survey that presents potential signs for Managed Networks and poses questions to respondents to determine the efficacy of the signs in conveying the intended messages. The research team is interested in determining sign effectiveness when drivers have plenty of time to digest the sign. In the second phase, the more effective versions will move into a driving simulator in selected locations in the US.

TRB committee members and friends are being asked to publicize the first phase survey to individuals and and organization involved in managed lanes implementation. You are encouraged to take the survey yourself and pass it on to others in your organization. This survey is open to all, and the more opportunities to receive critical review, the better the chance for effective signage guidance.

Here is the web address of the: http://www.expresslanessignagestudy.com/

Your help is greatly appreciated in making this survey and the follow-on driving simulation a success. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Swenson at swensoncr@pbworld.com. 

Federal solicitation for Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments

On Friday, January 30, the Federal Highway Administration released a solicitation for the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployments in FedBizOpps. It is available at:


Responses are due by March 16. As noted in the solicitation, the CV Pilot Deployment Program seeks operational deployments of connected vehicle applications that synergistically capture & utilize new forms of connected vehicle & mobile device data to improve multimodal surface transportation system performance and enable enhanced performance-based systems management. Connected vehicle applications support improved decision-making by both system users (travelers) & system managers.

The intent is to deploy site-tailored collections of applications that address specific local needs while laying a foundation for additional local or regional deployment, and to provide transferable lessons learned for other prospective deployers across the nation.

All questions concerning this solicitation must be directed to Sarah Khan in the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management at sarah.khan@dot.gov.

More general information about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments program is available from the ITS Joint Program Office at www.its.dot.gov/pilots/.