Public Perceptions of Pricing Existing Roads and Other Transportation Policies: The Texas Perspective

Public opinion data can allow policymakers to make more informed decisions on priorities for transportation spending. This paper highlights the results from stateside mail surveys and focus groups in Texas on various transportation policies and issues, including congestion pricing, dedicated heavy vehicle lanes, minimum driving age and alternative modes. Results show considerable agreement on two issues: higher tolls for heavy vehicles and dedicated truck lanes. Some support was also shown for the conversion of non-tolled roads to tolled roads if benefits such as reduced congestion were gained. Under congestion pricing, older persons report being more likely to reduce their travel during peak periods, members of larger households are more likely to change travel routes, and full-time workers are more likely not to change their current travel patterns. Focus group findings suggest that lack of information concerning transportation funding and logistics of toll roads may be one source of opposition to toll policies.


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  • Accession Number: 01150775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2010 10:53AM