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LTC, Jack R. Widmeyer Transportation Research Conference, 11/04/2011, Anurag Pande


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  • 1. Assessing Public perception of user-based fees and tolls
    (Leonard Transportation Center)
    AnuragPande, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Cal Poly State University , San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 2. Outline
    Research Project Information
    Research Motivation
    Research Tasks
    Impact on local, regional, and state level
    Ongoing Research Efforts with CSU UTCs
  • 3. Project Information
    Assessment of public perception of user-based fees and tolls to finance transportation infrastructure improvements
    In response to LTC RFP for Need Based Research
    Theme: Mobility
    In collaboration with Dr. Cornelius Nuworsoo
    Student Assistant Ms. Adriana Jordan
  • 4. Research Motivation
    State and local fuel tax revenues in Thousands of dollars (Source: Tax Policy Center)
  • 5. Research Motivation
    User-based fees are one mechanism of financing infrastructure in the face of declining tax revenues
    However, is it acceptable to the public?
  • 6. Research Motivation
    Recent research from NCHRP showed that perception of the user based fees may not be as negative as once thought
    In this project we want to survey public opinion in the inland empire region to assess:
    • public’s perception of specifically directed user based fees collected as tolls
    • 7. what information makes people more or less likely to support these fees
  • Stakeholder Interviews
    Interviews with the following interest groups:
    • AAA as a representative of the auto owners
    • 8. Elected Officials
    • 9. Trucking Corporations
    • 10. CSU San Bernardino as a major area trip generator
    • 11. Caltrans
    • 12. Independent Truckers
    • 13. Transportation Consulting Firms
    • 14. Consumer Corporations w/ Distribution Centers in the inland empire area
  • Stakeholder Interviews
    Representatives from each stakeholder group were asked about:
    • Their role in the community
    • 15. View on Traffic Congestion
    • 16. Their interest group’s opinion on user-based fees
    • 17. Their familiarity with the arguments for or against such fees
    • 18. Any additional comments
  • Public Opinion Survey
    Based on detailed literature review and stakeholder interviews a public survey instrument was designed.
    The survey included questions on:
    • Demographics
    • 19. Travel Behavior
    It seeks opinion on the following issues:
    • Congestion in the inland empire
    • 20. Transportation financing mechanisms
    • 21. Toll roads and HOT Lanes
    • 22. Toll collection
  • Public Opinion Survey
    Interviews are currently being conducted over the phone with the option of taking the survey online
    Obtained the Random Digit Dialing (RDD) sample from STS
    Surveys are being conducted in English or Spanish based on choice of individual survey participant
    We have 50 responses from RDD sample of about 3000 phone numbers (including cell phones)
  • 23. Impact on Local, Regional, and State Level
    Study results will provide insight to local and regional agencies about public’s view of toll roads and user-based fees
    These opinions can be used to formulate attractive policy proposals for tackling congestion and raising revenues
    Research effort provides a model for statewide survey with similar objectives
    Can provide policy makers with more options to raise funds for infrastructure priorities in this era of budget cuts and declining revenues
  • 24. Ongoing Projects with CSU UTCs
    Proactive assessment of accident risk to improve safety on a system of freeways
    • Funded by Mineta Transportation Institute
    • 25. In collaboration with Dr. Cornelius Nuworsoo (Cal Poly) and Dr. Katherine Cushing (SJSU)
    Integrating Effective Routing Strategies within the Emergency Management Decision Support System
    Funded by Mineta Transportation Institute
    In collaboration with Dr. Frances Edwards
    Student Assistant Mr. Joe Yu