Environmental Justice Assessment of Toll Roads

Led this case study analysis of perceived use and equity for toll projects in Austin, so as to better inform the communication challenges for toll programs and understand any potential differential impacts. The project utilized a revealed preference survey of geographically and demographically targeted communities, emphasizing those communities perceived to be at a potential disadvantage as a result of toll policies. The survey oversampled targeted communities, providing for a dual pivot analysis. Although the survey results were oriented towards Austin tolling proposals, the findings were relevant for other urban areas confronting a similar challenge. As a result, findings have been presented to various groups, including the TRB Committee on Equity Implications of Alternative Transportation Finance Mechanisms.

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