Road pricing systems and technologies have made tremendous progress over the past decade, and today developing and implementing a local or nationwide solution presents fewer risks than was the case 10-15 years ago. Nevertheless, capital and operational expenditures remain a significant hurdle for many road agencies and toll operators. It is therefore essential for decision-makers to carefully consider the benefits of road pricing systems prior to large-scale investments.
Correctly forecasting future traffic demand, and assessing the impacts that construction & rehabilitation projects may have on existing traffic volumes, is a cornerstone of sound financial modelling for road projects, especially those developed using Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Road safety audit and inspections serve the common purpose of identifying risk factors related to road design or traffic control that may lead to crashes, or make crashes more severe. In many cases, they also assist network highway operators and city traffic departments in identifying engineering weaknesses and hazardous locations, even in the absence of robust traffic injury data.
Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) have been described as the heart of an agency’s mobility management system. In practice, TMCs serve as the technical and institutional hubs that facilitate interagency coordination and integrate a wide range of traffic a wide range of traffic management strategies to achieve the collective goal of providing safe, efficient and sustainable transportation infrastructure.