How Cities Are Trying to Combat Toll Traffic

Source: Daniel C. Vock, Governing, April 14, 2015

Transit agencies and companies have tried raising toll prices at peak times, but even that’s not keeping drivers away, so they’re looking for new ways to reduce congestion…. The idea behind high-occupancy toll lanes is pretty simple: Carpoolers ride free, but single riders pay a toll rate set by the principles of supply and demand. The more crowded the lane becomes, the more expensive the toll…. But now many of the companies and agencies that run toll roads are discovering that even high prices sometimes aren’t enough to keep traffic flowing as fast as they would like. In many cases, they’re looking for new ways to satisfy demand, or even drive it down, without building even more lanes…