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Achieving political acceptability for new transport infrastructure in congested urban regions
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM). Department of Transport Science, Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2697-1062
KTH Royal Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1360-4906
KU Leuven; KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Laboratoire d’Economie des Transports, CNRS, Université de Lyon, France.
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2016 (English)In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, ISSN 0965-8564, E-ISSN 1879-2375, Vol. 88, 286-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper analyzes the efficiency and political acceptability of road pricing and infrastructure policies targeted at relieving urban congestion. It combines a stylized transport model of an urban road network with a model of the political process that incorporates interactions between voters, citizen interest groups and politicians to explore the possibilities to reach political acceptability for efficient transport policies. In a numerical illustration, the paper compares a set of pricing and investment policies in terms of efficiency and acceptability. The illustration shows how conflicting interests can lead to non-efficient policies being chosen.

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2016. Vol. 88, 286-303 p.
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Road tolls, User charges, Political economy of road pricing, Transport infrastructure, Welfare effects, Acceptability of transport pricing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120341DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.04.009ISI: 000379359800020OAI: diva2:928567
Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

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