2018 National Planning Conference

Valuing and Managing the Public Right-of-way

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198206

Location: 2003

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  • Learn about the solutions cities and states are pursuing to manage and sustainably monetize their rights-of-way as key public assets. .
  • Understand the relevant equity considerations and potential opportunities to achieve equity goals through management and pricing signals.
  • Discover the latest vehicle communication technology developments to facilitation of mobility pricing and management schemes.


Standstill traffic, crumbling infrastructure, endless searches for parking, scooter invasions. These crises are being felt across the country and the globe, and threaten to get worse if left unchecked. With shortfalls in public transportation funding and reluctance from the federal government to support tackling these challenges, cities and states are experimenting with new mechanisms to reassert control of their public rights-of-way: the streets, curbs, and sidewalks that represent their largest asset. Curbside management, congestion pricing, and per-mile fees are being mentioned as tools to improve traffic flow, fund infrastructure, and provide reliability and certainty for all road users. Yet for all the discussion, few governments have been willing to take the leap.
Panelists discuss how governments are approaching these big changes in policy and bringing them across the finish line, along with the stumbling blocks and surprises along the way. Learn how these techniques can help manage current and emerging mobility challenges, and also represent an opportunity to achieve community and planning goals, including equity concerns, local funding concerns. And finally, learn how these different techniques, with often siloed proponents, can work in concert to give governments and planners the tools to sustainably manage and fund our transportation systems.

Session Speakers

Laura Pennebaker
California Transportation Commission
Sacramento, CA

Dirk van Amelsfort
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland

Paul Salama, AICP

Hank Willson
San Francisco, CA