Congestion (or variable) pricing can be described as the charging of more for goods or services during periods of peak demand. In theory, this practice would prove beneficial when setting fares on toll roads and bridges. However, in practice it has proven extremely difficult to implement in the United States. This paper examines many of the planning issues and solutions found during the early phases of a variable pricing pilot study currently being conducted in Lee County, Florida. The planned variable pricing scheme is detailed, along with how this publicly and politically palatable pricing scheme was derived. Data collection efforts, which include origin/destination surveys, focus groups, mail back surveys, video taping of traffic, and detailed traffic counts, are described to emphasize the substantial effort undertaken to obtain accurate and meaningful variable pricing data that can be applied across the country. The paper concludes with a summary of work done to date and an overview of the next steps towards implementation of the variable pricing program in Lee County.


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  • Pagination: 9p

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  • Accession Number: 00789759
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 2000 12:00AM