Managing road traffic for metropolitan activity centres

Transport Demand Management is the currently fashionable hope to improve Metropolitan transport efficiency and tackle its problems. Road pricing as a means of TDM is now gaining significant attention in many countries as an instrument to ration traffic flows and control traffic growth. The technology is now available to introduce an Electronic Road Pricing System (ERP). This offers an acceptable and effective charging method. Following thorough examination of Metropolitan characteristics, transport system performance and situation and measures of Transport Demand Management, the locations of Charge Stations have been defined throughout the Metropolitan area. Five scenarios of road pricing have been suggested. The Government would have to invest around $65m in capital costs for an ERP system, and operating costs of about $3.7 m per annum. Consideration of morning peak traffic flow has shown that the total revenue of ERP in Melbourne,would be $8,928,000 per annum. This represents 3% of the Metropolitan annual roads budget. The revenue will cover the annual cost of ERP during the first ten years. Consideration of daily traffic flow gave a revenue of $115,315,700 p.a. (34% of the 1989/90 Metropolitan road budget). This will cover the capital cost during the first year, as well as other expenses. Road pricing in Melbourne is an effective means to manage travel demand, ration the use of resources as well as gain valuable revenue to improve transport facilities. It is cost-effective means, since it will cover the capital and operating costs. Improvement of public transport and consideration of some means of TDM, e.g. carpooling, are also necessary.

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    Vic Roads

    Kew, Victoria   
  • Authors:
    • Jraiw, K
  • Publication Date: 1991-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 123p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: GR/91-13

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  • Accession Number: 01432451
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 730613747
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:02PM