What Price Congestion Management?

by John Prendergast, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 4, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Congestion pricing--the idea that, when more people want to use a road, they should pay (or pay more) for the privilege--was dismissed in the 1950s and rejected in the 1970s in the U.S. The 1990s were going to be different, advocates predicted: a combination of new political and environmental realities and technological advances in toll collection would make the concept both practical and palatable at last. That may yet prove to be correct but right now it's by no means certain. The ISTEA Congestion Pricing Pilot Program results are so far disappointing. Progress may depend on private efforts such as the SR 91 Express Lanes in California and privatization projects in Washington State.

Subject Headings: Traffic congestion | Pricing | Tolls | Project management | Privatization | Political factors | Highways and roads

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