COSTS AND BENEFITS OF CENTRAL AREAS AUTO RESTRAINT: A BOSTON CASE STUDY

Using the Boston metropolitan area as a case study, we analyzed the benefits and costs of several measures designed to restrain auto use and reduce traffic congestion in the central area. The policies examined--increases in central area parking charges, special area licenses for the use of central area streets, and a small auto-free zone--all produce positive net benefits, particularly when applied during the peak period. Parking surcharges and area license schemes generate the highest annual net benefits: $15 to $24 million in 1975, which would perhaps double over 10 to 20 years. The optimal parking surcharge or license fee, in the range of $0.50 to $1.00 per vehicle, would reduce the number of autos entering Boston's central area by 15 to 35 percent. (Authors)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Institute of Planners, September 1978, and the Transportation Research Board, January 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Harvard University

    Department of City and Regional Planning, Gund Hall
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02138
  • Authors:
    • Gomez-Ibanez, Jose A
    • Fauth, G R
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

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  • Accession Number: 00312255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Dis Paper D78-23
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-MA-11-0007
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM