PRICING THE USE OF ROADS

THE OBJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE USEFULNESS OF CONGESTED URBAN HIGHWAYS CAN BE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED IF ROAD USER-CHARGES ARE IMPOSED FOR THE PURPOSE OF RATIONING SCARCE HIGHWAY SPACE. TYPICALLY REGIONAL AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES REGARD USER CHARGES SOLELY AS A MEANS OF GENERATING REVENUE. THE ALLOCATIONAL EFFECT OF SUCH CHARGES IS TOO OFTEN IGNORED BY TRANSPORTATION PLANNERS. THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION WILL EXPLAIN THE WAYS IN WHICH AN APPROPRIATELY DESIGNED PRICING MECHANISM WILL HELP TO SOLVE FOUR INTERRELATED PROBLEMS: THE CONSTRUCTION OF CRITERIA ENABLING TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITIES TO IDENTIFY THE RELATIVE SOCIAL UTILITY CHARACTERIZING THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF THE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE AMELIORATION OF THE COSTS IMPOSED BY CONGESTION, THE CONSTRUCTION OF SUITABLE INDICATORS OF THE RELATIVE URGENCY OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS FOR DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE TRAVELING PUBLIC, AND A METHOD OF GENERATING FUNDS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF URBAN HIGHWAY NETWORKS TO THE EXTENT DESIRED BY THE USERS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 5, No 3, PP 443-450
  • Authors:
    • Mantell, E H
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Accession Number: 00202025
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1972 12:00AM