The ownership model under Mobility-as-a-Service has often presented the dichotomy of an owned autonomous vehicle, the way Americans most typically use cars, vs. a shared autonomous vehicle (autonomous vehicles that come to you like a taxi). But many automakers are now trying to move customers to the leasing model of vehicles, which gives owners a […]
For the third leg of my North American tour, I will be presenting about HOT Lanes: Lessons from the USA at a Road Pricing and Parking Workshop in Toronto on November 24 and 25. Road Pricing and Parking Workshop Traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) continues to increase despite unprecedented funding […]
The traffic congestion you face is caused by other people. Those people did not think about the delay they imposed on you when they chose to travel. They didn’t even know about you, since they were already on the road before you were. They are ahead of you in the traffic stream. Similarly as a driver, […]
A special issue of Research in Transportation Economics — Volume 44, Pages 1-70 (June 2014) Road Pricing in the United States, edited by Mark Burris, just came out. We have a paper in here, but the others are interesting as well. This is behind a paywall, so if your University doesn’t subscribe, you can’t get it directly, but I […]
Ed Kohler @The Deets doesn’t seem to like tolls, he asks: What Should be Done if Gas Taxes Aren’t Raising Enough Revenue? : (He is responding to my interview on Jim Pethokoukis’s podcast.) “One thing that confuses me about transportation funding is the idea that raising gas taxes is politically impossible, but creating new forms of […]
Rick Geddes and Dimitar Nentchev write Road pricing and asset publicization: A new approach to revitalizing US infrastructure – Economics – AEI: “This study offers three key insights: 1. Pricing the use of transportation assets that are presently “free” liberates massive latent economic value currently trapped in those assets; 2. Latent value can be best […]
Grush Hour: Lost: Dutch Courage I am convinced if some small north-western European nation cannot get it done first, it won’t happen in the US. I thought that country would be the Netherlands. Real road pricing is not something the US can pioneer.
Ryan Avent at The Bellows argues in his post No Choice “The bottom line is this: we can no longer afford to not tax important negative externalities. We can no longer afford to not do the stuff we really ought to have been doing in the first place. The options we have are to ratchet […]
A few weeks ago I noted the anti-pricing petition in London. That petition now has over 1 million signatures (about 2% of the entire country), and the government proposed policy looks like it might be in trouble …Pressure mounts over road tolls Top-down schemes like this without the support of the public do not seem […]
The Road Pricing debate in the UK is much more advanced than the US. Many reports and white papers have advocated adopting road pricing to reduce congestion and pollution (though whether the fuel tax would be reduced is not quite clear, one suspects no). This has garnered some public debate, being shown on the national […]
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