RUC USA - June 13th and 14th 2022, Miami

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RUC USA - June 13th and 14th 2022, Miami

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A two-day conference on tolling and road pricing across the USA 

Taking place on the 13th and 14th June in Miami, the Road User Charging Conference USA is a brand-new in-person event that will highlight the latest tolling technologies, road pricing projects and intelligent transport systems being implemented across the USA.

The two-day event will see expert speakers discuss how traffic is regulated and revenues generated on highways, freeways and express lanes, as well as on turnpikes in and out of the USA's most congested cities, from New York to Los Angeles.

Road user charging schemes covering distance-based charging, congestion charging, all-electronic tolling, heavy-vehicle tolling, and automated enforcement will all be presented via case studies and panel discussions.

Attendees will include US-based toll road operators, toll service providers, toll chargers, systems integrators, automotive manufacturers and suppliers, municipal councils, transportation and highways authorities, state and federal government, mobile telecom operators, telematics solutions providers, consultancies, device and equipment suppliers, technology companies and mobility service providers.

Programme

13th June

RUC USA

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    • Understanding the equity implications of road pricing and other innovative transportation policies in the six-county Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region
    • How to combine stakeholder engagement, technical analyses, and communications strategies to elevate equity considerations as a key touchstone in planning for road pricing in the greater Los Angeles region
  1. The Commuter Choice program, administered by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), reinvests toll revenues from two principal expressway corridors in the Northern Virginia portion of the Washington, DC metropolitan area into transit improvements and other multimodal transportation enhancements that expand commuters’ travel options and support corridor mobility goals. This presentation will address:

     

    • How the program operates, the public-private and state-regional-local partnerships involved, the program’s rigorous performance management framework and how NVTC ensures that the program delivers maximum value to toll payers.
    • How to invest toll revenues defensibly into non-roadway projects
    • The partnerships critical to the success of a competitive transportation grant program funded through toll revenues
    • Necessity of rigorous performance analysis and program transparency
  2. The generational replacement of the electronic toll system based on DSRC technology with a modern GNSS solution has brought huge savings to the Czech Republic. Operating costs fell by two-thirds, even though the toll road network expanded by 60% to cover highways and lower-class roads. Experience from Slovakia has proven that GNSS tolling is a suitable method for charging of all road types, including urban areas. But what possibilities and bottlenecks have been identified from pilot projects of regional interoperability among Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia compared to the introduction of pan-European interoperability using service providers? This presentation will why:

     

    • Replacement of old DSRC toll systems may be a way to achieve significant financial savings
    • GNSS tolling is the most suitable for charging of all type of the roads
    • Interoperability using GNSS gives a seamless way for users and reduce burdens
    • President Biden signed a law last November that includes US$125m to test road charging at all levels in the USA in the next five years as the nation considers this option to finance infrastructure in the future. Money is included for pilots at the state and local levels as well as an ambitious national pilot to study the effects of a national pilot on this large nation. 
    • This presentation will provide an overview of Utah's evolving RUC, tolling and connected vehicle efforts, the RUCWest 10-year plan, and major developments across the western states regarding road usage pilots.
  3. The North Carolina Department of Transportation partners with The Eastern Transportation Coalition (TETC) to study the feasibility of implementing a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) for the collection of revenues to support transportation infrastructure. TETC is a multistate partnership focused on bringing agencies together to develop implementable solutions that improve our transportation system. To address the need for a sustainable transportation funding approach, TETC and NCDOT have collaborated on public opinion surveys, geographic equity analysis, and real-world demonstration pilots. This presentation will focus on how TETC MBUF work addresses privacy, rural drivers and the trucking industry; how North Carolina has explored MBUF and what next steps are being taken to address remaining implementation barriers.

     

    • HDOT recently completed the Hawaii Road Usage Charge Demonstration project that reached out to almost 360,000 Hawaii residents with customized driving reports showing the number of miles they had driven over the past year, how much they had paid in gas taxes, and how much they might pay in a road usage charge. Leveraging the existing vehicle inspection and registration systems offers a lower cost way to report vehicle mileage using a process that the community is familiar with, requires no extra work, and has a level of trust already established. This presentation will cover:

       

    • What HDOT accomplished
    • What HDOT learned
    • Next steps for Hawaii
    • Government are looking at how to invest in new congestion toll lanes to go on many highway areas
    • Consider how to reduce climate warming pollution by reducing car commuters and to travel by transit trips
    • Look how to drastically transform travel by 2020

14th June

RUC USA

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  1. This presentation will explain how transportation infrastructure is funded in Florida and provide insight on the fiscal challenges the State faces regarding its reliance on fuel tax as a primary source of transportation funding for the future. It will also explore how to replace the fuel tax with a more sustainable option. 

     

  2. Lessons learned from previous road user charge demonstrations around the USA have revealed major hurdles including privacy and the security; add-on technology; customer complexity; program administrative costs; and scalability of deployments. For those reasons Minnesota’s most recent demonstration project took a decidedly different approach by enlisting car-share companies using the fleet embedded telematics platform as the basis for fee collections. This approach was taken because this represents a model for new vehicles that may one-day greatly simplify a road user charge fee collection system. This presentation will explore whether:

     

    • A fleet-based approach to RUC, using embedded telematics, is accurate and reliable and may reduce administrative overhead and enforcement costs

    • Embedded telematics, installed by manufacturers in most of today’s vehicles, could be used to deploy RUC more efficiently and effectively across a range of operations and ownership scenarios

    • A dual revenue collection system with RUC alongside the motor fuel tax will be needed for decades

  3. As an RUC charger, you want a uniform way of performing GNSS RUC collection and providing RUC context to mobility service providers) and toll service providers. In addition, you want to be able to estimate as accurately as possible what your RUC revenue will look like when you change the RUC roads and rates. Other questions may include: "On which parts of the road network do the most vehicles pass?" and "Are there inconsistencies in vehicle trips?" For these and other challenges, Be-Mobile has its unified RUC Control Center. Say hello to centralized map-matching, crystal-clear RUC revenue estimates and other great tools, all in an easy-to-understand user interface.

  4. Congestion pricing has been implemented in several cities in Europe and Asia. New York City's Central Business District Tolling Program will be the first implementation of this type of road pricing for congestion reduction in the USA. This session will provide background on the project and technology, a status update on the Environmental Assessment and public engagement process, and discussion of the ways in which this project has already broken, and will continue to break, new ground in ways that will undoubtedly have application across the country and beyond the program itself.

  5. Through its Traffic Reduction Study, LA Metro is exploring if, where, and how in LA County a pilot program with affordable pricing to manage demand and investments in high-quality transportation options could reduce traffic and make it easier to get around. Topics that will be covered include the study background, progress to date, and how LA Metro is adjusting the study process and timeline to monitor and adapt to changing economic and traffic conditions brought on by Covid-19. The study is an initiative under Metro’s Vision 2028 strategic plan. This presentation will explore pricing as one pillar of a broader strategy to address traffic, the importance of integrating equity into the study process and why the potential benefits and burdens are significant.

    • This presentation will discuss the status of, and emerging scope of, the national RUC trial approved by congress. What unique challenges will it face? What unique opportunities will it provide and what new questions might it answer? And how might it interact with ongoing state trials?
  6. Illinois has created and implemented numerous pieces of legislation that encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. As part of those legislations, one requires IDOT to understand the effect of electric vehicle adoption on revenue related to the motor fuel tax. This presentation will identify potential revenue replacement options, evaluate the revenue options, and conduct outreach related to the potential revenue options.

    • How do commercial trucks fare in a distance-based fee system? The answer: It’s complicated. Learn why in this presentation, which will share new insights from the nation’s first multi-state mileage-based user fee truck pilot
    • Conducted by The Eastern Transportation Coalition, the pilot examined the feasibility of using existing regulations, administrative processes, and technology as a potential framework for a mileage-based fee transportation funding approach
    • This presentation will review five key findings from the truck pilot, how industry feedback is being reflected in rate-setting and other pilot aspects, and early data from the Coalition’s current national truck pilot that is even more expansive than the first.
    • Benefits of using a cashless system
    • Have jobs been lost due to the cashless system?
    • Challenges to implement this new cashless system