A Pricing Approach for Mitigating Congestion in Multimodal Transportation Systems

The problem addressed in this research is to determine usage prices for a system with multiple modes of transportation with the objective of reducing congestion. With multiple modes, these prices can take on several forms. On road networks, the usage prices refer to the tolls collected from motorists for access to certain streets and highways. On a transit system, the usage prices are the fares the riders have to pay to travel on, for example, buses and subways. The basic concept in this proposal is to employ the market force to allocate limited road and transit capacities among travelers by their need to travel and their willingness to pay. The idea involves charging congested routes higher prices. When willing to pay higher prices, travelers can travel with reduced congestion during peak periods, using the modes, and along the routes of their choosing.

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    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    University of Florida, Gainesville

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611

    Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation

    University of Florida, 10516 SW 22nd Avenue
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32607-3269

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lawphongpanich, Siriphong
    • Yin, Yafeng
  • Publication Date: 2010-2-19


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 16p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154170
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CMS Project No. 2008-006
  • Files: UTC, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2010 9:03AM