Transportation Policy

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  1. NTP: Accountability- California
    California state road 91• 10-mile, four-lane toll project located within the median of an existing eight-lane freeway• $130 million privately financed• It build high-occupancy vehicle lanes (carpool or HOV lanes) in the median of the existing highway• 35-year plan• peak/off-peak road pricing (congestion pricing)• tolls are collected electronically• tolls can go as high as $10 one way• The toll road collected enough revenue ($10 million) by August 1998 to cover operation expenses and debtservice. Travelers made an average of weekday 32,000 trips.
  2. NTP: Accountability- Chicago
    Chicago Skyway• 7.8 mile toll bridge• Concessionaire has the right to collect all toll revenue, subject to toll limits (the govt set them inthe contract)• bid $1.82 billion for a 99 year lease.• In 2004, the Skyway’s operating revenue was $43.2 million, generating over $33 million in surplus orprofit after operating expenses were deducted.• some risks/cons of PPPs
  3. Challenges/Disadvantages to privatizing (NTP)
    • Incomplete Contracts- Contract cannot be written to accommodate or plan for every possible risk orcontingency.
    • • More states must enact or employ legislation that allow for PPPs to occur.

    • Public agencies must create or provide enough financial incentives to encourage private companies toparticipate in PPPs. Public must balance rate of return with maintaining what is best for the publicinterest.• There is a risk of the private partner becoming insolvent and the government must assume responsibilityfor the roadway, usually incurring massive debt in the process
    • • PPPs always involve a measure of risk. Risk occurs when the outcome or consequence of any decision isjudged to be uncertain to any degree.
    • • The degree of risk assumed is determined by the type of PPP that is pursued
  4. (VMT) = Vehicle Miles Traveled
    A policy of taxing motorists based on how many miles they travel in a givenperiod of time.- Would replace the traditional gas tax that pays for road infrastructure.- Represents the true cost of transportation more than the traditional fuel tax does now. FullCost/True Cost = marginal cost + maintenance + externalities (air quality, etc.) Full Cost oftransportation system varies by time and place.- Purpose of trips becomes more important
  5. VMT Pros
    Since full costs varies by time and place, atax on VMT is closer to paying fullcost/true cost by eliminating the focus ontime and place by taxing only milestraveled. Time and place no longer rulehow travel can be taxed.- More likely to change behaviors- People will drive less with the incentive
  6. VMT CONS
    Administration costs > startup costs >equipment in every car has to be subsidizedif required by government.- Burdens the poor/poor end up paying more- “Big Brother” state of government >perception of unwarranted intrusion ofprivacy
  7. Fuel Tax =
    Fuel Tax = excise tax imposed on sale of fuel per gallon.- fuel taxes vary by state, currently gas varies around .4/gallon in Florida.- Advocates say people should pay for the roads they use, and a gas tax helps move funding towardtransportation infrastructure projects.
  8. Fuel Tax (Pros)
    - Cheaper than VMT tax system. Currentlyfluctuating around .4/gallon in the FL.
  9. Fuel Tax CONS
    Does not accurately tax for the true cost oftransportation (including maintenancecosts, future changes to accommodateincreased demand, etc)- Demand for gas is relatively inelastic > gastax effective in short run as revenue source> In long run demand is more elastic bcpeople adjust their consumption of gas dueto more fuel efficient cars, public transituse, alternative trans. Modes, carpoolingtherefore people will use less gas and therevenue source shrinks.- Not adjustable for incomes- Diminishes over time
  10. Oregon Case: Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program
    Implemented VMT pilot program in Oregon and found that some households decreased their overallvehicle miles traveled.- Evidence that a mileage fee with a variable rate could strengthen interaction btw urban form andtravel decisions. Households in denser neighborhoods with mixed uses charged a peak fee reducedtheir VMT, while households charged the same peak fee in other less dense neighborhoods were lesseffected.- Program design sent conflicting incentives to participating households in terms of whether theyshould increase or reduce VMT. Eliminiation of gas taxes lowered gas prices so households chargeda flat VMT fee drove more bc they saw a decrease in gas prices.- Overall found that 1. Charging a noticeably higher fee for driving in congested conditions cansuccessfully motivate households to reduce VMT in times and places where congestion is a problem.2. Spillover effect less than expected > no evident spillover to off-peak hours on weekdaysindicating households unwilling to change weekday travel patterns. 3. VMT system successfully sawhouseholds in all types of neighborhoods reduce their driving in peak-hour and overall travel whilebeing charged a high-rate for peak-hour travel > Highest reductions in driving in higher densitymixed use neighborhoods. 4. Mileage fee program that charges high-rate during peak-hour travellikely to strengthen influence of urban form on travel behavior compared to current gas tax system.
  11. Congestion pricing (CP)-
    system charges drivers for entering an area at a certain time, the result is municipalrevenue, cleaner environment, and decreased traffic congestion

    the practice of charging motorists more to use a roadway, bridge, or tunnel during periods of the heaviestuse. Its purpose is to reduce automobile use during periods of peak congestion, thereby easing traffic andencouraging commuters to walk, bicycle, or use mass transit as an alternative.http://transalt.org/campaigns/congestion
  12. Road pricing
    is being considered by more and more regions as a reaction to the challenges of decliningrevenues and increasing congestion. It involves charging a fee to use a lane, road, area, or regional network forthe purposes of revenue generation and congestion mitigation

    Road pricing is called CP when prices are tailored to manage congestion by using a fixed time-of-dayschedule or dynamic algorithm based on congestion levels.
  13. high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes
    The most common form of CP is high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, where high-occupancy vehicle (HOV)lanes are opened to use for vehicles with lower occupancy for a fee, or express toll lanes where new lanes arebuilt adjacent to existing freeways with the use of these lanes being subject to a toll.

    CP is also called value pricing.

    Similar variable charges have been used successfully in other industries such as: cell phone rates, electricity,and airline fares.
  14. 4 types of congestion pricing techniques:
    1. Variably priced lanes (Lane Pricing)- variable tolls in separated lanes within a highway, such as express tolllanes or high-occupancy (HOT) toll lanes. Low occupancy vehicles charge toll while high occupancy, buses,and emergency vehicles travel free or at reduced rates. Surveys show that low-income respondents tend toexpress support for having priced HOT lanes

    .2. Variable tolls on entire roadways (Whole Facility Pricing)- flat toll rates on existing toll roads are changed toa variable toll schedule so that the toll is higher during peak hours and lower during off-peak hours. Encouragesmotorists to use the road on off-peak hours. Peak toll rates may be high enough to ensure that traffic flow willnot break down offering motorists a reliable and congestion free trip. Can also be introduced on existingfacilities that are normally toll-free to help manage traffic flow in heavily congested highway segments.

    3. Zone-based or Cordon charges (Zone Pricing)- Either variable or fixed charges to drive within or into acongested area within a city; usually a city center. Examples include: London, Singapore, and Stockholm

    4. Area-wide or system-wide charges (Distance Pricing)- Per-mile charges on all roads within an area or on aroadway that may vary by level of congestion. This is like VMT; an example is the Oregon case.
  15. Use of revenue: (CP)
    * A portion of the tolls will be used for operation and maintenance of the toll collection system.

    * Additional revenues can be used to pay for transportation projects like expansion of roadway facilities or tosupport ST alternatives like public transit subsidies

    .* The revenue can also solve equity issues regarding low-income individuals by providing toll discounts orcredit or to reduce other taxes or fees such as: fuel tax, registration fees, or sales tax.
  16. More benefits:
    * To individuals and businesses: reduces delays and stress, increases predictability of trip time, and allows formore deliveries by businesses.

    * To mass transit: improves transit speeds, reliability of transit service, increases readership, and lowers cost fortransit providers.

    * State and local governments: improves the quality of transportation services without capital expenditures ortax increases by providing additional revenue source, helps retain businesses and increase tax base, andshortness incident response times for emergency personne

    l* Society: reduces fuel consumption and vehicle emissions
  17. Three pieces of federal legislation enable congestion pricing
    Value Pricing pilot program: initialized through ISTEA- only program that provides funding

    High-Occupancy Vehicle Facilities: allows states to toll vehicles that do not meet established occupancy requirments

    Express lane demonstrationprogram: permitted tolling on 15 selected projects to manage congestion, reduceemissions, and generate revenue for infrastructure improvements
  18. Bike Policy (Description)
    Miles of trails and lanes has grown over forty percent in last two years• Highest cycling rate in center cities• bike parking: issues of safety and location• bike stations: with attendants and repair shops• bike sharing: Benefits??o Would people ride scooters?o Cities have created separate cycle tracks or paint lanes different colors• Bike boxers:o advance stop lanes for cyclists Advanced stop lines for cyclists at key intersections About 3-5 miles ahead of the stop line for cars• Enhanceing cyclist visibility and safetyo NYC has taken the lead with 215 bik boxes in 2010o 20 in Vancouvero 17 in Portlando 6 in Minneapoliso 7 in San Francisco and Washington• Bike boulevards:o separate roadways for bikerso New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver painted all bike lanes bright green, blue,or red To enhance visibility and increase cycling safety Especially where conflicts between bikes and cars are reported to beproblematic• Bicycling Trendso Twice as many bicycling commuters nowo Urban area usage four times as high as other’s Use of bikes for rec purposes still higher than for utilitarian purposeso Women only utilize bicycles 24%o Age: most of growth in 40-64 age braketo Funding: increased to $18 per year under Safetea-Luo Cities with a high percent of college students are among the most likely to cycle with higherbike mode shares• Characteristics/ Issueso Bike Parking: issues of safety and locationo Bike stations: with attendants and repair shopso Bike sharing: benefits
  19. Bike Policy: Solutions
    • The last three major federal transportation actsoFunding has increased from 1988-1990 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) Average annual federal funding was only five million dollars per year Increase an aver of $360 million per year with the Transportation Equity Act(TEA21) Then rose to one-hundred fifty million dollars per year with ISTEA Then one billion dollars under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient,Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU)

    Safe routes to school program (part of safe-lu 2005)o Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle toschool;o Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative,thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; ando Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that willimprove safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity(approximately 2 miles) of primary and middle schools (grades k-8)o Each state required to have statewide coordinator

    Implement issues:o Operational and infrastructure issues near schoolso Development skill sets in children are safeo Enforcement of traffic laws near schoolso Development of neighborhood events

    Evaluation of outcomeso Evaluate before and after school programs Measures/criteria: Line of cars outside of the school/ dropping off kids # of kids not in cars/walking air pollution near or around the school # of accidents/fatality
  20. Bike Policy: Where do we start?
    Training and Educationo Safe routes to school programo Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities to walk and bicycle toschoolo Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative,thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; ando Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that willimprove safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity(approximately 2 miles) of primary and middle schools (grades k-8)• SRTSo Each state required to have statewide coordinator• Implementation issueso Operational and infrastructure issues near schools 6489 schools in all 50 states are participating in the Safe Route to Schools Program(SRTS) Coordinated by state departments of transportation, the program supports bothinfrastructure improvements• Sidewalks• Crosswalks• Bike paths• Better signageo Development skill sets in children are safetyo Enforcement of traffic laws near schoolso Development of neighborhood eventso Educating motorist About cyclist rights and their legal responsibility to avoid endangering cyclist• Evaluation of outcomes

    Florida (SRTS) Operates under the Florida Transportation Commission Divided into seven DOT districts, each district program managed by DistrictSecretary 90%of funding for infrastructure projects• Training and educationo Share the Road Campaign All nine cities have “share the road” campaigns• Chicago is the leadero Requiring “share the road” instruction in high schools drivereducation classes And for all taxi and bus drivers• States (California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon)o Have added question to the about cyclist rights to the driver’sexam• Portlando Have undercover or plain clothed police officers to catchmotorist guilty of endangering cyclist. Then requires offenders to take a special “share theroad” safety classo Federal safety campaign Comprehensive, long-range bike plans are critical to the safety of cyclist Plans set specific goals and layout detailed measurements• Measurements if taken will increase cyclingo Bike to work days/months Ciclovias are events were cities close down parts of their street network to motor vehicletraffic on selected weekends• cycling and walking, and all other non-motorized forms oftransportation can use the car-free streets for recreation and physicalactivity,o encouraged by a wide range of educational and fun events Four out of the nine case study cities have ciclovias events since 2008• Critical mass rideso Thousands of riders usually meet on the last Friday evening ofthe month at a pre-determined location/routeand spontaneouslyride through the city street Streetfilm-ciclovia (bogota, Colombia)• Advocacy groups/organizationso Implementation issues Create “toolbox” of innovative ideas Provide workshops leading to vision of how to use these ideas Map out where low traffic routes are needed Create community support Get bike boulevards or other innovations on Master Plan List Assist DOT in getting grant funds
  21. Bike Policy: What is the next step?
    Policies from Nine Citieso Portland: Bike networks

    Google maps provides a biking option when determining routes boulevards bike parking and incentives for employers to have showers for employees that ride bikes to utilize to clean up or freshen up lively bike culture• Minn.:o improved amounts of bike parking• Vancouver:o Bike-Transit integration• Wash DC:o bike sharing a program were citizens of a city can rent bikes to get from one location to another

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