THE POLITICS OF CONGESTION PRICING

Three years ago, the United States Congress gave the concept of congestion pricing a big boost when it authorized a Congestion Pricing Pilot Program as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). Although the program has yet to live up to its sponsors' expectations, interest in congestion pricing has been running high. A two-year study of congestion pricing, conducted by a special TRB Committee, has recently culminated in the release of a report, "Curbing Gridlock: Peak-Period Fees to Relieve Traffic Congestion" (Special Report 242, National Academy Press, July 1994). The report concludes that, on the whole, the benefits of congestion pricing exceed the costs, and that implementation of congestion pricing would improve the efficiency of the transportation system. While agreeing with the report's general conclusion, the chairman of the TRB Committee, Professor Martin Wachs has issued some important caveats. This paper discusses some of these caveats, such as the argument that the lack of a political constituency makes implementation of congestion pricing highly problematical.

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    Urban Mobility Corporation

    1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Publication Date: 1994-10

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • Innovation Briefs
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
    • ISSN: 1071-393X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00672176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1995 12:00AM