Users' Perceptions and Willingness to Pay in Interurban Toll Roads: Identifying Differences across Regions from a Nationwide Survey in Spain

Gómez Sánchez, Juan and Papanikolaou, Anestis and Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2015). Users' Perceptions and Willingness to Pay in Interurban Toll Roads: Identifying Differences across Regions from a Nationwide Survey in Spain. "Transportation", v. 44 (n. 3); pp. 449-474. ISSN 1572-9435. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-015-9662-6.

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Title: Users' Perceptions and Willingness to Pay in Interurban Toll Roads: Identifying Differences across Regions from a Nationwide Survey in Spain
Author/s:
  • Gómez Sánchez, Juan
  • Papanikolaou, Anestis
  • Vassallo Magro, José Manuel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Transportation
Date: 30 September 2015
ISSN: 1572-9435
Volume: 44
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Users’ Perceptions, Willingness to Pay, Toll Roads, Logit Model, Tobit, Spain
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

Users’ acceptability is considered one of the key drivers for the successful implementation of transport policy measures. This is especially crucial in the case of toll roads since they are financed through drivers’ contributions. Previous literature in this field has mainly focused on measuring users’ attitudes towards urban congestion pricing strategies. However limited research has been developed concerning interurban toll roads. Previous research shows that socioeconomic variables are not conclusive to explain users’ perceptions towards tolls. By contrast, other drivers such as regional differences seem to play a more important role, especially when charging conditions within the same nation greatly vary across regions. This paper analyzes regional differences in users’ attitudes within an asymmetrical distribution of the toll road network across regions. Based on a nationwide survey conducted to road users in interurban toll roads in Spain, we develop both a binomial logit and a censored regression (tobit) model to explore drivers’ perceptions and willingness to pay. The research concludes that users from regions with a more extensive tolled network generally show a more negative attitude towards charges, but not necessarily a lower willingness to pay. The paper also points out that an asymmetrical distribution of toll roads across regions may result in negative perceptions among those users perceiving to be unfairly treated when compared to citizens in other regions.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainTRA 2012-36590UnspecifiedJosé Manuel Vassallo MagroEU Support Mechanisms to Promote Public Private Partnerships for Financing TransEuropean Transport Infrastructure

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Item ID: 52476
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/52476/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:52476
DOI: 10.1007/s11116-015-9662-6
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11116-015-9662-6
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 03 Oct 2018 11:48
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 16:38
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