Cost-Benefit Analysis on Application of AVI Technologies to Toll Services

by S. K. Jason Chang, National Taiwan Univ, Taipei, Taiwan,
Hwei Chang, National Taiwan Univ, Taipei, Taiwan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference: Volume I: Advanced Technologies


A preliminary evaluation framework is developed for cost-benefit analysis on application of Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) technologies to highway toll services . The AVI technologies may increase the capacity of a tool station but not necessarily the throughput of the station. This depends of the market share that AVI technologies can accomplish and the price travelers are able and willing to afford. The framework developed is modulized and composed of three models, namely the lane choice to analyze alternatives of applying AVI technologies to toll services and to determine the appropriate number of lanes with AVI equipments and the equilibrium travel demand using the AVI lanes. The system's net benefit of applying AVI can then be obtained and used as a basis in the cost-benefit analysis. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the applicability of the evaluation models.

Subject Headings: Tolls | Intelligent transportation systems | Benefit cost ratios | Automatic identification systems | Vehicles | Control systems | Economic factors

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