THE ROLE OF CITIZENS IN IMPLEMENTING TRANSPORTATION PRICING

This is a report of a conference session dealing with the role of citizens in implementing transportation pricing. The session resulted from activities of the Committee on Citizen Participation to help implement research fundings or transportation policies by improving general awareness and understanding of the research or policy. Schemes for pricing transportation facilities are summarized and reviewed here. For example, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's experience with pricing to control traffic in several cities is summerized. Pricing approaches considered include parking licenses, morning peak surcharges, parking space charges, and revenue taxes. Experience indicates that these concepts are not now generally accepted or implementable. In Berkeley, an investigation to identify locations where pricing might alleviate traffic congestion failed for several reasons: public misunderstanding, uncertainty by the city council, and sponsorship by a non-local organization. In Madison, Wisconsin, some of the impacts of road pricing were estimated and analyzed. Failure of road pricing schemes to proceed apparently resulted from lack of understanding, especially by people who would have benefitted from reduced traffic in their neighborhood or better transit service. The session identified factors contributing to the demise of pricing schemes and made suggestions for implementing similar adventures in the future. For example, costs imposed by road-pricing are more likely to stimulate opposition than the benefits are to stir up positive response. /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00194617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1981 12:00AM