Transit Response to Congestion Pricing Opportunities

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Journal Article

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mode - bus, place - north america, policy - congestion, economics - pricing


U.S. transit agencies, congestion pricing, beneficiary


This research assesses how U.S. transit agencies have taken advantage of congestion pricing projects and answers two questions: (1) what role has transit played in U.S. congestion pricing projects, and (2) how have transit agencies responded to congestion pricing projects through service planning, operating practices, capital investment, and institutional arrangements. First, transit is seen as a direct beneficiary of congestion pricing projects since transit systems operate free of charge, thereby achieving a more reliable and/or faster travel time, thereby as well as facilitating a shift to a higher occupancy mode (buses). Second, a micro-level analysis comparing two congestion pricing projects in Northern Virginia is made.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Journal of Public Transportation