Changing Lanes: Addressing America’s Congestion Problems Through Road User Pricing

Source: William Eggers, Deloitte LLP, September 2008

Traffic is overwhelming a growing number of America’s cities. From Los Angeles to Chicago to Miami, Americans spend hours each week caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Urban residents and commuters are confronted with the challenges that jammed roadways cause on a daily basis. The Urban Mobility Report estimated that in the United States in 2007, congestion caused 4.2 billion hours of travel delay and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel, for a total cost of $78.2 billion.

At the same time, governments facing increasing demands and reduced budgets may consider creating a market in which people are charged for their use of a given roadway to help raise additional funds for transportation projects. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that about 18 percent of the more than 912,000 miles of America’s roads and highways are in poor or mediocre condition, and about 27 percent of the nearly 594,000 U.S. bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

How can America’s cities and states reduce congestion, raise necessary funds for infrastructure improvements and reduce the environmental impact of congested roads? A new study from Deloitte highlights the benefits of road user pricing to reduce gridlock and raise significant revenues in the process.
See also:
– Press Release: Deloitte Study Recommends a Better Approach to Dealing with Congested Roadways in the United States
– Research: Closing America’s Infrastructure Gap: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships
– Podcast: Bridging the Gap: How Private Investment Can Reduce the Infrastructure Deficit
– Resources: Serving the Public Sector: Transportation
– Resources: Private Investment in Public Infrastructure
– Overview: U.S. State Government

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