For the past 10 years, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff conducts an awards ceremony highlighting the achievements of nominees. This year, I was honored to be selected as the 2016 U.S. Award winner for Innovation. The video highlights the nomination, and it certainly brings a smile to my face. However, the real honor comes from knowing
Recently, I gave a presentation to the Riverside County Transportation Commission at their annual Board retreat in Palm Springs, CA, on 29 January 2016. This presentation examines socio-demographic, economic, and technology trends as they pertain to the future of transportation services. Four primary transportation impacts are discussed: 1) redefining the peak period, 2) increase in connected
The point of priced express lanes can be easily summarized: to work, they need people to explicitly not want to use them. By design, they are not for everyone at all times of day — that’s what general purpose lanes are for. Instead, they are for individuals who are willing to trade one kind of pain for another.
As a congestion pricing expert, it is easy to forget that pricing is not a cure-all for roadway system management. As a recent article in the Washington Post indicated, the I-95 Express Lanes currently experience congestion upwards of “a few miles in both the regular and express lanes.” This appears to be a function of
My family likes to play a game called Settlers of Catan. In this wonderful award-winning game, there is a bonus point awarded for the player who can maintain the “Longest Road”. It is a cherished award in our family. Although there’s nothing awarded beyond bragging rights, it is fairly safe to say that the Utah
The Australian context for managed lanes has been limited to date to HOV bypasses at ramp meters, as a complement to the managed motorways system. It is from the success with managed motorways that the need and rationale for U.S. style managed lanes has been dubious. According to this recent article, it appears that Transurban
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