Speed As a For-profit Service

Michael Giberson Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal included a story on HOT lanes and other ways commuters can buy through congestion, “American Idle: On the Road.” One excerpt: In the early years of the nation, entrepreneurs built toll roads, offering travelers a faster carriage ride in return for money. Now, the concept of the toll road … More Speed As a For-profit Service

Open-Road Electronic Tolling Also Reduces Emissions

Lynne Kiesling Today a post from Ben Casselman at the WSJ’s Environmental Capital highlights one of my favorite unintended benefits of open-road electronic tolling: by eliminating deceleration and acceleration to pay a cash toll, electronic tolling reduces emisssions, with one big caveat: So does eliminating toll booths really cut down on emissions? The answer appears … More Open-Road Electronic Tolling Also Reduces Emissions

Eric Morris: Why You’ll Love Paying for Roads That You Don’t Pay for Now

Lynne Kiesling Eric Morris, guest-blogging at Freakonomics, has two guest posts (one) and (two) on road congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a much-discussed topic here at KP, and the two Morris posts are excellent discussions of the benefits of congestion pricing. In his first post he explains how variable tolling can generate the optimal level … More Eric Morris: Why You’ll Love Paying for Roads That You Don’t Pay for Now