SOME OBSERVATIONS ON URBAN TRANSPORT PRICING AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT PLANNING

Principles which have suggested current pricing policies are examined, and the economic analysis of urban transport policy as it has developed to date from the perspective of comprehensive regional planning is reviewed. The proposition is discussed that conditions are more favorable than in the early 1960's for the use of pricing techniques intended to control or induce transport system usage. The agrument for, and criticism of marginal cost pricing are presented. Urban pricing and planning objectives are examined as related to transport system development and user charges, toll bridge policy, transit fares and subsidies, and transportation control. The observation is made that prices are for rationing and that prices for financing are open to question. However, the rationing purpose is considered uncertain. While pricing may perform an important role, the trend in the institutional environment is toward de-emphasizing dependence on prices, at least those toward individual transport programs or operations.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

    547 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  USA  60606
  • Authors:
    • Carll, R R
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00098657
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM