The Political Calculus of Congestion Pricing

The political feasibility of using prices to mitigate congestion depends on who receives the toll revenue. This chapter will argue that congestion pricing on freeways will have the greatest chance of political success if the revenue is distributed to cities, and particularly to cities through which the freeways pass. In contrast to a number of previous proposals, we argue that cities are stronger claimants for the revenue than either individual drivers or regional authorities. We draw on theory from behavioral economics and political science to explain our proposal, and illustrate it with data from several metropolitan areas. In Los Angeles, where potential congestion toll revenues are estimated to be almost $5 billion a year, distributing toll revenues to cities with freeways could be politically effective and highly progressive.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 357-382
  • Monograph Title: Road Congestion Pricing in Europe. Implications for the United States

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  • Accession Number: 01109841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781847203809
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2008 2:09PM