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Using Automatic Road Toll Collection for Value Pricing of Freeway Access

Experience is building with the effect of collecting highway tolls electronically based on the level of congestion at the time the road is travelled.  The more crowded the road is, the more it costs to use it.  On a section of Interstate 15 in California, HOV drivers pay nothing on special express lanes, but drive-alone cars pay from 50 cents to four dollars for each trip.  The price is set to keep the lanes free flowing. Transportation Research Board published a comprehensive review of pilot projects like these in the September-October 1999 TR News and noted, "Travelers are willing to pay for improvements in transportation service and pricing can lead to more efficient use of existing highway capacity."

PITF Co-Editor John Niles in November 2003 prepared an overview of
HOT Lanes and Travel Value Pricing
for the Cascadia Program of Discovery Institute. 

Click here to see it.

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Last modified: February 07, 2011