Recognize that reducing congestion is at least as important as revenue generation for implementing congestion pricing or managed lanes.

Lesson from a domestic scan of ten metropolitan areas considering congestion pricing and/or managed lanes options

April 2009

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When evaluating congestion pricing and managed lane options:
  • Recognize that reducing congestion is at least as important a reason for implemented congestion pricing or managed lanes as revenue generation. Many of the respondents reported that projects had been initiated primarily to generate revenue, but the congestion management benefits were ultimately at least as important if not more important to the success of the projects.
  • Evaluate congestion pricing and managed lanes projects from a systems perspective and potential network choke points should be taken into consideration when assessing the revenue generation and other benefits of pricing. A single choke point can change the viability of a project.
  • Set aside time and resources to collect the data needed to enhance the travel demand model to handle managed lanes projects since not all regional travel demand models are capable of simulating variable pricing.

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A Domestic Scan of Congestion Pricing and Managed Lanes

Published By: U.S DOT Federal Highway Administration

Prepared by DKS Associates for the FHWA

Source Date: April 2009

URL: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahep09044/fhwahep09044.pdf

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Lesson ID: 2013-00660