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Convergence of Technology, Finance and Policy, Spring 2007

From the President

Most people know that I’m a shameless promoter of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, IBTTA and user-financed transportation. I’m  also a big believer in building strategic alliances to fight congestion,  which is my theme as President of IBTTA. Recently I had the opportunity to meet in Washington, DC  with the leaders of several organizations involved in transportation, ncluding the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Transportation Research Board. While in Washington,  I also met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to talk about tolling,  congestion, safety, and public private partnerships. Later this month, I will attend  and speak to the annual meeting of ASECAP, the European Association of Tolled  Motorways, Bridges and Tunnels, to learn what our colleagues in  Europe are doing  to strengthen funding for highway transportation, improve mobility and fight  congestion. Everywhere I travel, people are talking about the same things: safety, mobility,  and congestion. They are very concerned about the transportation funding crisis  and the lack of political will to combat  this crisis. As I travel to different places, it is gratifying to see more and more people begin to recognize tolling as one of the most important tools in the toolbox to help us improve transportation funding and mobility. This issue of Tollways focuses a bright light on the factors that make tolling one of the leading forces in mobility around the world: the convergence of technology, finance and policy. At IBTTA, we are building strategic alliances, not only among the different organizations we visit, but also among the disciplines that make user financed transportation one of the most successful ideas around.  --James Ely

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