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What Do People Think About Congestion Pricing?
Too much congestion. Not enough funding. These two problems increasingly have come to define transportation policy woes in our nation’s metropolitan areas, and the Washington, D.C., region is no exception. Many experts agree that congestion pricing -- charging tolls or fees that are higher when and where congestion is worse -- could at least partially solve both of these challenges. But decision-makers and opinion leaders in metropolitan Washington often assume that citizens will oppose congestion pricing proposals, particularly those projects that would put tolls or fees on roads that are currently free of charge. Such perceived public opposition is frequently cited as an obstacle to implementation.
The TPB recently completed a study titled "What Do People Think About Congestion Pricing? A Study of the Public Acceptability of Congestion Pricing Through a Deliberative Dialogue with Residents of Metropolitan Washington." The study explored the baseline opinions of regular citizens toward congestion pricing and whether more information and education about pricing could influence their attitudes. The study also sought to unravel key factors -- issues like fairness, effectiveness, or privacy -- that make a pivotal difference in determining opinions. The study’s ultimate purpose was to help decisionmakers better understand how they might attract public support for congestion pricing, if they were to decide to pursue such a policy solution.
The TPB carried out the research for this study in partnership with the Brookings Institution. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided grant funding for the research through its Value Pricing Pilot Program. The TPB also engaged the non-profit organization AmericaSpeaks to guide the design and implementation of the five deliberative forums that were the primary research vehicle for this study. The final report (released in September 2013), a draft report (released in January 2013), key documents, and appendices from the study are listed below.
FINAL REPORT (September 2013):
DRAFT REPORT (January 2013):
POSTER PRESENTED AT TRB ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
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