Credible Commitment and Political Prospects of Congestion Pricing

Congestion pricing is closer than ever to becoming part of mainstream congestion management, but still faces large political obstacles. Because the majority of urban motorists are made worse off by paying congestion tolls, generating political support for congestion pricing will depend strongly on how the toll revenue is distributed. For this reason, the political acceptability of congestion tolls relies on addressing the credible commitment problem. If the toll recipients do not trust the toll collectors, political actors will continue to oppose congestion pricing. We use interview and survey evidence from Los Angeles County to illustrate this problem.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01158079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2401
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:07AM