2015 Basic Turnpike Facts:
- Owns and Operates 483 Miles of Toll Roads
- 2.3 Million Average Daily Customers
- $866 Million Gross Toll Revenues
- 100% User Funded Agency (No Tax $)
Integrated Congestion Pricing Plan - Project Site
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered to evaluate options to safely and efficiently manage traffic flow on Turnpike facilities in Florida's major urban areas.
Dealing with Congestion
The Turnpike System is composed of 483 miles of toll highways, representing a critical component of the state’s transportation network. Connected to most urban areas in the state, the System provides service and mobility for approximately 2.3 million customers every day. Traffic on the Turnpike System has increased substantially over the past decade, resulting in traffic congestion and delays during peak hours of the day.
Problems associated with traffic congestion lead to millions of dollars wasted every year. This cost is measured in terms of travel delay and wasted fuel, as well as air and noise pollution. According to the latest Urban Mobility Report prepared by the Texas Transportation Institute, the urban areas in Florida rank among the worst in the nation for roadway congestion.
The latest traffic forecasts show that several Turnpike facilities are becoming severely congested. During this study, FTE evaluated several congestion management strategies, including express lanes, to address current and future traffic needs.
Using Express Lanes for Congestion Management
Congestion Management, also known as value pricing, congestion pricing, or variable pricing, is a market-based approach to manage congestion using the principles of supply and demand. The primary congestion management strategy evaluated for this study was express lanes. Express lanes are implemented by pricing one or more travel lane higher than the adjacent travel lanes.
This strategy is a relatively new approach for managing highway travel, but is used extensively in other service industries. For example, long distance telephone companies charge a premium for calls made during business hours, and offer substantial discounts to customers during the evenings and on weekends. Similarly, air travelers willing to accept a less advantageous departure time or a less direct travel route can find cheaper flights than business passengers with relatively fixed schedules.