Estimating the social cost of congestion using the bottleneck model

This paper uses the bottleneck model of Vickrey (1969) to empirically measure the social cost of traffic congestion in the US. Using a detailed trip-level data, the authors estimate extra travel time over and above hypothetical free-flow travel time, which the authors call “queuing time”, for each average commute trip. The estimated individual queuing time implies that the annual cost of congestion borne by all US commuters is about 29 billion dollars. The authors find that a higher level of congestion in a city may be attributed to a smaller per capita road stock in the city. This paper also empirically quantifies a toll that depends both on the commuter's arrival time and trip distance.


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  • Accession Number: 01710829
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2019 3:08PM