One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? An Overview of Road Pricing Applications and Research Outside the United States

This resource paper summarizes developments in road pricing outside of the United States. These developments in road pricing form three broad groups. The first and most extensive is the work on road pricing in urban centers, which is designed largely to reduce congestion and protect the environment. The second is the development of toll highways designed principally to raise revenue to finance the road. The third is the more recent development of proposals for distance-based interurban charging, initially for commercial vehicles but potentially for all traffic on congested roads. This resource paper reviews progress in all of these, starting with Europe and then considering Asia and finally, briefly, the rest of the world. The scope is limited to schemes that reflect at least in part the original principles of road pricing; no attempt is made to review the wider field of toll highway developments. This international review concludes with a summary of the state of play. The picture presented is one of many proposals but few successes, although the potential for real progress appears greater now than it has throughout the history of the subject. It is clear that there is a recurring set of reasons for failure to make progress: in particular concerns about public acceptability but also issues concerning equity, economic impacts, technology, and scheme design.

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    • May, Anthony D
    • Sumalee, A
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  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 73-91
  • Monograph Title: International Perspectives on Road Pricing
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  • Accession Number: 01002769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309093759
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2005 2:33PM