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
pjones@ibtta.org

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.