Determining the Operator for the Public Toll Road

After the BOT road operation contract expires, generally, the road will be transferred to the government, and then the government operates the road independently without charging costs from its users. Facing the huge amount of the operation cost, Chinese government tends to continue to charge the road users to guarantee the high quality of road operation. Then, the government will have to decide whether a private firm or government itself would be suitable to operate the road. A model is presented for decision-making through balancing interests between the government and the private firm with an introduction of an intermediate variable, i.e., bidding price. Three scenarios are investigated in the model, including the optimization of government operation, the optimization of private firm operation, and government operation with an improper decision of the intermediate variable. Improper intermediate variable will result in a higher toll charged by the government than by a private firm. The method of avoiding an improper decision is investigated. The result shows that the intermediate variable should be determined to be the government operation cost, based on which the private operator could be chosen, if available. With consideration of the private operator’s profit to be guaranteed by the government, the maximum subsidy should be equal to the minimum private operator’s profit to be disclosed when the contract is signed.


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  • Accession Number: 01770221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 5 2021 12:14AM