Seeking factors to increase the public’s acceptability of road-pricing schemes: case study of Spain

Bueno Cadena, Paola Carolina and Gómez Sánchez, Juan and Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2017). Seeking factors to increase the public’s acceptability of road-pricing schemes: case study of Spain. "Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board", v. 2606 ; pp. 9-17. ISSN 0361-1981. https://doi.org/10.3141/2606-02.

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Title: Seeking factors to increase the public’s acceptability of road-pricing schemes: case study of Spain
Author/s:
  • Bueno Cadena, Paola Carolina
  • Gómez Sánchez, Juan
  • Vassallo Magro, José Manuel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
Date: January 2017
ISSN: 0361-1981
Volume: 2606
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

User acceptability has become a critical issue for the successful implementation of transport pricing measures and policies. Although several studies have addressed the public acceptability of road pricing, little evidence can be found of the effects of pricing strategies. The acceptability of alternative schemes for a toll network already in operation is an issue to be tackled. This paper contributes to the limited literature in this field by exploring perceptions toward road-pricing schemes among toll road users. On the basis of a nationwide survey of toll road users in Spain, the study developed several binomial logit models to analyze user acceptability of three approaches: express toll lanes, a time-based pricing approach, and a flat fee (vignette) system. The results show notable differences in user acceptability by the type of charging scheme proposed. Express toll lanes were more acceptable by travelers who perceived greater benefits from saving travel time. The acceptability of time-based approaches (peak versus off-peak) decreased for users who felt forced to use the toll road, whereas this was not an aspect that significantly influenced users’ support for flat fee schemes. In addition, a flat fee strategy was more acceptable for long-distance trips and truck drivers who regularly used the toll facilities. The results from this analysis can inform policy makers and planners for the promotion of more efficient, socially inclusive, and publicly acceptable road-pricing schemes.

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Item ID: 45440
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/45440/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:45440
DOI: 10.3141/2606-02
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3141/2606-02
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Apr 2017 12:17
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 07:14
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