Urban Road Pricing through Selective Parking Taxes

by Robert E. Burns, Economist; Ofc. of Policy and Plans Development, Ofc. of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Transp., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 739-755

Document Type: Journal Paper


Support for peak-hour tolls on fixed capacity facilities have been based on equity arguments or arguments concerning economic efficiency. Recently, a strong impetus has been provided by the National Air Quality Standards set by Congress. An additional objective of the peak-hour charge then becomes one of reducing urban auto usage in order to reduce air pollutants emitted by auto exhausts. A careful time-staged program of selective parking surcharges, law enforcement, and appropriate planning by mass transit agencies appears to be a feasible approach to imposing a crude peak-hour charge on road users.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Highways and roads | Pricing | Parking facilities | Taxation | Air quality | Public transportation | Tolls

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