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Roads, Cars, and Dollars: Economic and Policy Issues in National Initiatives to Manage Traffic Congestion 
RFF First Wednesday Seminar
March 7, 2007


The concept of using prices to manage road congestion dates back to 1920, but both ideas and practice have seen increasingly rapid, recent developments. Our panel discusses the state of research, policy, and politics in addressing congestion pricing in urban areas throughout the United States.

 

Video and Audio

Introduction
Molly K. Macauley
Senior Fellow and Director, Academic Programs
Resources for the Future

Molly Macauley's research interests include space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies, recycling and solid waste management, urban transportation policy, and the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation. She also directs RFF's academic programs, which include the RFF Seminar Series and fellowship and internship programs.

Macauley has served on numerous special committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She also serves as president of the board of advisers for the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary. Macauley has testified extensively before Congress and is the author of more than 80 articles, reports, and books.

Moderator
Winston Harrington
Senior Fellow, Resources For the Future

inston Harrington's research interests include urban transportation, motor vehicles and air quality, and problems of estimating the costs of environmental policy. He has worked extensively on the economics of enforcing environmental regulations, the health benefits derived from improved air quality, the costs of waterborne disease outbreaks, endangered species policy, federal rulemaking procedures, and the economics of outdoor recreation. Harrington has written or coauthored six books and numerous book chapters.

In October 2000, he won the Vernon Award of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management for a paper he coauthored, "On the Accuracy of Regulatory Cost Estimates." He has served as a consultant to U.S. state and federal governments, the World Bank, and the Harvard Institute for International Development and has worked in Lithuania, Mexico, and Poland. He also is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.

Mahlon "Lon" G. Anderson
Director, Public and Government Relations
AAA Atlantic

Mahlon G. Anderson was named staff director of public and government relations for AAA Potomac in 1994. Today, he directs both public and government affairs efforts for AAA Mid-Atlantic, which serves more than 3.6 million members from New Jersey to Virginia. In this role, he has been a leading traffic safety advocate in the region, having played a significant role in the passage of graduating licensing programs to improve teen safety in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

Anderson was appointed to several panels by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, including his Blue Ribbon Panel on Drunk Driving, the Task Force on HOV Enforcement, and the Highway Tolling Study Group. In Maryland, Anderson served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Driving. He served on Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan’s Pedestrian Safety Blue Ribbon Panel and the Transportation Policy Review Task Force.

Robert Flanagan
Former Secretary of Transport
Maryland

Robert Flanagan served as Maryland’s secretary of transportation, where he oversaw the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority, from February 2003 to January 2007. He was responsible for the operations of the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Port Administration, and the Maryland Aviation Administration.

He also served as chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority. Prior to his appointment, Flanagan served as a member of the House of Delegates, representing Howard and Montgomery counties. He served as the minority whip from 1997 to 2001 and as chair of the Howard County Delegation from 1991 to 1996. Prior to that, Flanagan practiced law for 28 years and served on the Howard County Human Rights Commission. Early in his career, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and aboard a Polaris submarine, the U.S.S. Patrick Henry.

Patrick DeCorla-Souza
Program Manager, Urban Partnership Program
Federal Highway Administration

Patrick DeCorla-Souza has provided direction to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Value Pricing Pilot Program since 1999. He works with public- and private-sector partners nationwide to implement innovative road pricing strategies. DeCorla-Souza co-chairs Transportation Research Board's Congestion Pricing Committee and has authored numerous papers and articles on congestion pricing, benefit-cost analysis, travel demand modeling, and air quality analysis.

 

Elena Safirova
Fellow, Resources For the Future

Elena Safirova focuses on economic modeling and policy analysis related to transportation and urban land use. She analyzes transportation policy alternatives with respect to outcomes for transportation demand, location decisions, urban sprawl, interaction with other policies, as well as the effects on economic welfare and environmental quality.

Safirova also is interested in the impacts of technological change on urban spatial structure, labor markets, industrial organization, and the environment. She has studied telecommuting in urban economic models and examined the effects of this work arrangement on spatial structure and economic welfare of city residents.

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