In Minneapolis, Minnesota, survey data collected prior to the deployment of MnPASS Express Lanes (HOT lanes) on I-394 examined travelers' willingness-to-pay to avoid congestion.
The evaluation team worked to establish a process that would not only collect comprehensive, reliable data after the project opened, but also collect similar information beforehand in a baseline survey. An evaluation team was assembled that included representation from MnDOT, the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota, a statistical survey firm, FHWA, MetroTransit, the consultant team, the communications and marketing team, and other researchers interested in the data. The attitudinal panel survey for the MnPass evaluation consisted of three periods, or waves, of data collection. The results provided below are from the first wave that took place before implementation of the HOT lanes. Most of the survey data was collected through the use of a computer-assisted telephone interview questionnaire. Questions were asked of participants in two different ways with each respondent assigned a version at random.
The survey results indicated:
- 59 percent of travelers would pay $2 to save 20 minutes
- 40 percent would pay $2 to save 15 minutes
- 23 percent would pay $2 to save 10 minutes
- less than 10 percent would pay $2 to save 5 minutes.
- Willingness-to-pay decreased as toll rates increased. Virtually no one was willing to pay more than $6 for any amount of time savings.
Pricing Comes to Minnesota: Baseline Attitudinal Evaluation of the I-394 HOT Lane Project
Author: Douma, Frank. Johanna Zmud, and Tyler Patterson
Published By: Paper presented at the 85th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
Source Date: 22-26 January 2006
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