Congestion Pricing: Public Polling Perspective

Higgins, Thomas J.
March 1997
Transportation Quarterly;Spring97, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p97
Academic Journal
Several state, regional and local governments now are studying congestion pricing and are especially concerned with public reactions to the concept. This article analyzes the results of public opinion polls on congestion pricing spanning 13 years and draws implications for analysts assessing public opinion regarding the prospects of public acceptance. This article addresses the importance of broadening and detailing congestion pricing in public polls, including attention to variations in the concept as well as plans for revenue allocation, alternative services and mitigations. It also suggests broadening assessment of equity from its usual focus on income, testing the concept in the context of highway finance and assessing both gains and losses in support with concept variations.


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