Lessons from a domestic scan of ten metropolitan areas
The FHWA sponsored a scan of selected Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) to determine how they are planning for congestion pricing and managed lanes. The scan was performed by conducting a survey of agencies that had been directly involved in consideration of these options in ten metropolitan areas:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas
- Los Angeles-Orange County, California
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Miami, Florida
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Washington, DC
There was considerable enthusiasm for the concept of congestion pricing and pricing of managed lanes among the agencies in the metropolitan areas surveyed. The number of studies, and in particular, the consideration of congestion pricing on a regional network basis suggest that interest in and acceptance of congestion pricing and managed lanes is growing.
When developing managed lanes and congestion pricing projects:
- Incorporate managed lanes and congestion pricing projects into the metropolitan transportation planning process. The metropolitan planning process should allow for projects to emerge individually as a result of corridor studies, but also be regionally coordinated in a network approach.
- Address transit access to the congestion priced/managed lanes during the planning process.
- Recognize and implement additional management and communication planning on managed lanes projects that cross several State DOT districts and/or Metropolitan Planning Organizations. There will be additional challenges in getting these projects into the Metropolitan Transportation Plan because of the added concern about allocation of toll revenues.