Addressing Equity Challenges to Implementing Road Pricing

This paper examines road pricing equity from a variety of perspectives. An evaluation framework is developed that defines three distinct bases for evaluating equity – free markets, equal opportunities, and equal outcomes. This framework is used to guide a review of five case studies of road pricing that explore how equity concerns have been raised and addressed in practice. Successful mitigation of equity concerns have entailed: (1) careful planning and paying attention to the dedication of toll revenues to both transit and highway improvements in and around the tolled areas to create constituents for the pricing program; (2) a limited geographic scope to congested zones; (3) incremental implementation to allow for mid-course adjustments; and (4) ongoing, substantive public outreach and education efforts that have meaningfully influenced program design.

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    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1720

    University of California, Berkeley

    California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies
    Richmond Field Station, 1357 South 46th Street
    Richmond, CA  United States  94804-4648

    California Department of Transportation

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    3250 Public Affairs Building
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90095-1656
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, Brian D
    • Kalauskas, Rebecca
    • Iseki, Hiroyuki
  • Publication Date: 2010-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 55p
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  • Accession Number: 01163253
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-PRR-2010-6
  • Contract Numbers: Task Order 6330
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2010 7:11AM