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


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

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