ECONOMICS OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION

For people who live and work in Canadian urban areas, the major concerns with urban transportation are rush-hour congestion, pollution, and availability of public transit. Most of the important issues in urban transportation economics involve the use of government pricing, regulatory, and investment policies to deal with congestion, pollution, and public transit. The purpose of this monograph is to enable the reader to analyze and evaluate these public policy issues in Canadian urban areas. Chapters II and III present information on urban travel patterns and their determinants, particularly modal choice behavior. The discussion in these chapters provides background which is essential in evaluating the public policy issues which are analyzed in the following chapters. Chapter IV presents an economic analysis of the major pricing issues in urban transportation, including marginal social cost pricing of transportation facilities in the presence of congestion and pollution, and subsidization of public transit. Chapter V analyzes several important government regulatory policies, including regulation of roads to improve bus service, regulation of taxis and trucks, and automotive emission controls. Chapter VI applies the technique of cost-benefit analysis to the evaluation of transportation investment decisions, including expressway construction, railway relocation, and the choice between automobile, bus, and rail rapid transit systems. Finally, Chapter VII presents a critique of urban transportation planning practices. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Surface Transportation Administration

    1000 Sherbrooke Street, West, P.O. Box 549
    Montreal, Quebec  Canada  H3A 2R3
  • Authors:
    • Franicena, M W
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 146 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TP 1927
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1981 12:00AM