**Please note – while this webinar does not have a freight focus, it may be of interest to members of the Freight Planning LISTSERV, as congestion pricing does play a role in reducing freight congestion.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Offices of Operations and Innovative Program Delivery will hold a webinar on Technology to Enable and Complement Congestion Pricing on June 23, 2011 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern.  This webinar is part of the FHWA webinar series entitled “Overcoming the Challenges of Congestion Pricing.” These webinars are aimed at state and local agencies that are currently in the process of implementing or would like to implement congestion pricing; decision-makers/political leaders who want to better understand the benefits of congestion pricing; metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that may be interested in incorporating pricing into their planning activities; and others who just want to learn more about congestion pricing strategies.

There is no cost to participate in these webinars and they are open to everyone who is interested. Each webinar will last 90 minutes, with 60 minutes allocated for presentations, and 30 minutes for audience Q&As. Through the use of Web conferencing technology, participants can view the speakers’ presentations on their computer and hear the audio portion of the presentations either via the computer or telephone, depending on preference.

Webinar Description

FHWA released a series of primers related to various aspects in congestion pricing. One focus of these primers is technology and how it can enable (i.e., inform travelers of charges, collect charges, and manage charges) or complement congestion pricing (i.e., extend the impact of congestion pricing by influencing traveler behavior and vehicle flow). This Webinar, based on existing research, will introduce and describe various technologies and their impacts on congestion pricing and the transportation network.

Presenters and Agenda

·         Jack Opiola, Senior Partner and Senior VP, D'Artagnan Consulting LLC, will discuss current and future technologies applicable to demand management. Jack has advanced the technology for road user charging and integration of ITS applications including the pioneering GPS based solutions, DSRC solutions, video and other approaches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, London and Manchester, UK, Germany (MAUT), Sweden (ARENA), Netherlands (ABvM) and Access Control in several Italian cities and the USA, including Seattle, Southern California Association of Governments, and currently Oregon.  

·         Nick Thompson, Director of Policy, Safety & Strategic Initiatives Division at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will provide an overview of technologies that have enabled congestion pricing and active traffic management in Minnesota. Nick has been program manager for Minnesota’s MnPASS Congestion Pricing initiative, led Minnesota’s UPA effort and was Traffic Operations Manager for Mn/DOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center.

·         Mark Leth, Traffic Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation, will provide an overview of technologies that complement congestion pricing and active traffic management in Washington State.

·         Bob Sheehan, Transportation Specialist in the FHWA Office of Operations, will speak about tolling interoperability issues. Bob joined FHWA in August 2008 and supports the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative, Active Traffic Management program, Tolling/Pricing technologies, and is the point of contact for the Los Angeles Congestion Reduction Demonstration. 


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