Toward a Unified Management of a Complex Road Network

Road infrastructure charging plays a key role in the EU framework aiming at an effective and fair use of transport policies to promote the 'user pays' and 'polluter pays' principle. The framework contributes to the internalisation of the external costs related to environmental and social impacts generated by the use of the road infrastructure. Furthermore, the application of common rules on road tolls is foreseen to apply harmonised and transparent charging mechanisms across the EU. The paper aims at investigating and evaluating the application of more efficient integrated motorways toll schemes in the Lombardia Region (Italy), testing the potential of road charging taking into account not only economic and financial aspects, but also environmental and transport impacts, and fairness towards road users. The paper analyses first the issues related to legal, regulatory and economic aspects for the implementation of an integrated management approach, taking into account current toll differentiation on network segments managed by different companies. Then it presents the results of a transport model which has been implemented to test different pricing policies, including differentiation by emission standard, truck vehicle dimension, time period of the day, road type. The model results show significant impacts particularly in terms of traffic distribution on the network, while congestion and emissions are less affected. Impacts are also relevant in terms of revenues for private operators, the most significant ones on newly planned motorway, highlighting how the adoption of different schemes could affect private investment sustainability and revenues distribution among the operators.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 141-149
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of Second International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering (ICTTE)

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  • Accession Number: 01600707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788691615321
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 20 2016 4:46PM