Effects of the Electronic Distance-Based Charging Strategy on Freeway Drivers' Route Switching Behavior

In order to alleviate traffic delays and take into consideration the equity principle, the electronic distance-based charging strategy will be implemented on freeways in Taiwan. Since drivers' opinions and willingness-to-pay for this charging strategy may greatly affect their route switching behavior, this study discusses drivers' behavioral reactions while considering their viewpoints under various distance-based charging rates. A research framework is proposed and five types of information, which include distanced-based charging rates, willingness-to-pay, latent variables, socioeconomic and travel characteristics, are incorporated into the behavioral modeling process. A questionnaire survey was used to collect 1,071 valid response samples from freeway drivers living in northern, central, and southern areas of Taiwan. The results processed using the estimated ordered probit model indicates that drivers living in northern Taiwan would be more accepting and comply with higher charging rates than those living in other areas. Drivers with a higher willingness-to-pay would be unlikely to switch routes under various distance-based charging rates. As expected, higher charging rates (NT1.2/km and NT$1.5/km) would lead to drivers switching routes even though they could accept this strategy. Drivers would be likely to switch to alternatives routes for shorter distances, especially for those who toll-free in the toll-distance-based phase. Moreover, results reveal that several travel and socioeconomic characteristics are also significant factors in explaining drivers' switching behavior in the proposed models.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1931
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:53AM