Results are in!

The results from the Sunday workshop, Congestion Pricing and Managed Lanes: 20 Years of Learning, have been compiled and are ready for distribution.  Download a PDF here:  2014 Congestion Pricing Workshop – Poll Results

2014 Committee Meeting Agendas

I hope you are planning to join us for the Transportation Research Board’s  Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 12-16, 2014. You can gain access to the Interactive Preliminary Program here.  The web site has the most recent information on committee and subcommittee meetings, workshops, sessions and individual presentations. You can use the Interactive Preliminary Program to conduct searches by session title, paper title, keywords, author, and subject area to plan your personalized itinerary which includes meeting room names.  I would particularly encourage you to participate in the events sponsored by our Committee and subcommittees.


Committee and subcommittee members, friends and anyone interested are invited to join us at the LAURIOL PLAZA restaurant, Tuesday, January 14, 5:45pm.  The restaurant is located at 1835 18th street NW, just a couple of blocks from the Hilton. This is the same restaurant that we ate at in previous years.  Please ask for the Congestion Pricing Group when you arrive at the restaurant. A map may be downloaded here.


For your convenience, I have included the following:  1) List of events sponsored by the Committee, including subcommittee meetings, Workshops, podium sessions and poster sessions; 2) Agenda for our full Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 to 10:30 pm, in Hilton, Columbia Hall, 11 & 12; and 3) Agendas for subcommittee meetings.

Call for Posters – Due September 6

The TRB Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25) and TRB Managed Lanes Committee (AHB35) invite all interested parties to submit applications for a poster session display at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  This session will provide a unique opportunity to interact with an international audience in sharing experiences of your projects and research that feature transportation pricing and managed lanes.

The Joint Poster Session will highlight new research and lessons learned in planning, implementing and operating congestion pricing and managed lane projects.  Our objective is to share and discuss research findings and case studies that identify best practices, examine use of new technologies, and build awareness of the challenges that underlie successful projects.  Sales presentations on specific products or services will not be accepted.

All submissions must be received by September 6, 2013.

Download here: Call_for_posters_2014_annual_meeting

2013 National Congestion Pricing Conference Presentations – Now Available

Presentations from the National Congestion Pricing Conference (held on July 9-10, 2013 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center) are now available. Please visit the conference page to access available presentations from the conference sessions.

2013 National Congestion Pricing Conference, Washington State Convention Center, July 9 - 10, 2013
2013 National Congestion Pricing Conference, Washington State Convention Center, July 9 – 10, 2013

2013 Annual Congestion Pricing Meeting Minutes

The January 2013 annual meeting minutes for the Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25) are available for download and review.

Minutes – Annual Meeting 2013

Now Available: SHRP 2 C04 Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Pricing Affect Travel Demand

SHRP 2 C04 Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Pricing Affect Travel Demand

Prepared by: Parsons Brinckerhoff for SHRP-2

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SHRP-2 C04 Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Price Affect Travel Demand

American motorists experience more hours of congested conditions every year, but planning models rely on relatively thin behavioral information to take congestion into account. Highway operations and road pricing strategies are being employed to address congestion, but the planning process is not well equipped to describe the effective capacity available when roads are congested or to describe the relief obtained by improvement strategies. Variable tolls are being considered to encourage motorists to shift travel time out of congested periods, to use less congested roads, or to change mode. Current travel models are not capable of simulating all of the factors needed to calculate the effect of tolls on congestion because they do not include disaggregated models of choice behavior for a range of users under various choice conditions. A disaggregate approach is required that deals directly with the decisions faced by individuals rather than large groups of people.

The objective of this project was to develop mathematical descriptions of the full range of highway user behavioral responses to congestion, travel time reliability, and pricing. This included formatting the mathematical descriptions of behavior so that they could be incorporated into various travel demand modeling systems in use or being developed. Another objective was to examine network assignment practices needed to support models that simulate behavioral responses to congestion, travel time reliability, and pricing.

Over the past 30 years, research has advanced the understanding and prediction of travelers’ behavior choices in response to changes in traffic congestion and changes in the price of travel. This project synthesized that research to select the important and well-founded behavioral hypotheses, and it tested those hypotheses statistically on the most suitable data sets available in the United States. The project identified the most important contextual influences on behavioral sensitivity to highway congestion and pricing, and it provided guidance on the relative magnitude of those influences. Travel demand modeling studies are typically limited in scope and time frame, and they are usually tied to a single survey data set. This project had the unique opportunity to carry out a comprehensive series of hypotheses tests on data sets that were available from multiple areas across the United States.

The Final Report can be accessed here.


NCHRP Synthesis 20-05 Compilation of Public Opinion Data on Tolls and Road Pricing

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 38-03 Compilation of Public Opinion Data on Tolls and Road Pricing

NCHRP 20-05
NCHRP 20-05 Compilation of Public Opinion Data on Tolls and Road Pricing

Prepared by: Nustats for NCHRP

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 377: Compilation of Public Opinion Data on Tolls and Road Pricing explores how the public feels about tolls and road pricing, examines public opinion concerning charging for the use of roads, and highlights factors associated with the acceptance or rejection of road pricing.

The final report can be downloaded here.


Now Available: NCHRP 08-73 Road Pricing: Public Perceptions and Program Development

NCHRP 08-73 Road Pricing: Public Perceptions and Program Development

Prepared by: ICF International and KT Analytics for NCHRP

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NCHRP 08-73 Road Pricing: Public Perceptions and Program Development

This report describes road pricing concepts and discusses its potential effectiveness and applicability. It also provides guidelines for communicating strategies and engaging affected parties, and guidelines for project planning and integrating pricing into regional and state planning processes. The report is structured to aid both readers familiar and unfamiliar with road pricing, allowing both a brief overview of the concepts as well as in depth information on the latest applications, impacts, operations, costs, and policy and acceptability considerations.

The report is divided into two volumes. Volume 1 provides a review of the six concepts and planning pointers sufficient for planners and decision makers to evaluate the potential of the concepts and understand the best engagement and communication strategies. Volume 2 provides interview findings, literature reviews and references to resource materials on planning, engagement, and communications related to road pricing strategies.

The report can be accessed here.

Now Available: NCHRP 08-36 Road Pricing Communication Practices

NCHRP 08-36 Road Pricing Communication Practices

Prepared by: ICF International and KT Analytics for NCHRP and AASHTO

Communicating with various affected parties and stakeholders in planning for road pricing (RP) is vital to acceptable, effective and lasting programs. Certainly, decision makers authorizing proposals need to understand the objectives, the efficacy of pricing, equity considerations, overall costs and benefits, operations, revenue distribution, and other particulars to effectively provide their support. Likewise, affected parties such as travelers, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders likely to influence decision makers also must understand pricing strategies and their expected impacts for acceptable projects to develop. This research documents best practices in communicating with the public on all aspects of road pricing. The report identifies messages and delivery methods that have worked and not worked, along with the characteristics of successful road pricing communication campaigns.

The agency final report can be accessed here.

Now Available: NCHRP 08-57 Assessing Highway Tolling and Pricing Options and Impacts

NCHRP 08-57 Assessing Highway Tolling and Pricing Options and Impacts

Prepared by: Parsons Brinckerhoff for NCHRP

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NCHRP 08-57 Assessing Highway Tolling and Pricing Options and Impacts

With continuing growth in travel demand, worsening congestion, and shortages of funding available for increasing highway capacity, state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other transportation agencies are considering pricing strategies such as user-based fees or tolling as options for generating transportation revenue and for managing transportation system performance. Although a number of DOTs have initiated projects that rely on pricing as an alternative to traditional funding sources, policy makers and planners need a framework for better decisions on pricing: When to price? What to price? How to price? They also need a framework for fully understanding the potential impacts of these major projects on the performance of the entire transportation system. While pricing strategies can provide new sources of revenue to fund expanded transportation capacity, they clearly will also have impacts on travel demand and congestion. As such, there are questions to be answered regarding who pays for such improvements, who will use these facilities, and how these facilities will be operated to improve the overall performance of the transportation system. Pricing decisions must be based on accurate, reliable, and credible forecasts of their impacts on travel behavior and the revenue to be generated from the tolled facilities. Additionally, of equal importance, planners and decision makers need a broad framework that can effectively inform their consideration of pricing options in terms of their policy implications, performance expectations, and financial impacts.

Decision makers in both the public and private sectors of the transportation industry need a better understanding of pricing. The public’s knowledge and awareness of pricing issues are limited, and this places a greater burden on policy makers and planners to provide reliable and credible information. Traditional methods and analytical tools for transportation decision making, such as risk analysis, benefit-cost and other economic analysis, financial analysis, market research, and travel-demand forecasting fall short in addressing the complexities associated with pricing decision making. In order for pricing proposals to be fully and accurately evaluated and planned, these methods and analytical tools need to be applied consistently within a rational decision-making framework. In addition, there is a need for improvements to existing methods and analytical tools to resolve issues such as public acceptance, unique private sector involvement, and economic and social issues while supporting current and future pricing decisions.

This research project developed a decision-making framework that includes descriptions and evaluation of methods and analytical tools for establishing pricing policies and practices and for predicting their impacts on travel behavior and congestion. Gaps are identified, and improved methods and analytical tools are developed to fill those gaps. Improvements for travel-demand forecasting methods employed to support pricing decisions for new capacity and congestion management are provided. The results are presented two volumes: the first containing the decision-making framework and the second focusing on improvements to travel-demand forecasting methods and analytical tools.

Volume 1, Decision-Making Framework, is available HERE.

Volume 2, Travel Demand and Forecasting Tools, is available HERE