Optimising use – using incentives to address traffic congestion

Optimising use – using incentives to address traffic congestion

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Both road pricing and rush-hour avoidance projects have the potential to be successful congestion reduction strategies. Making use of economic incentives can be a fruitful behavioural intervention approach to change existing travel routines of frequent car users. The financial rewarding and charging schemes provide a persuasive external impetus that makes travellers rethink their existing habits. They provide the necessary window of opportunity for travellers to alter existing behavioural routines and make them change their car use during peak hours.

Chapter Contents:

  • 20.1 Introduction
  • 20.2 Development of peak-hour avoidance initiatives
  • 20.3 Launch of the initiative
  • 20.3.1 Programme paying differently for mobility
  • 20.3.2 Improving the value of existing road infra (Programme Spoedaanpak & Beter Benutten)
  • 20.4 A guide to implementing 'Spitsmijden'
  • 20.4.1 Recruiting participants
  • 20.4.2 Types of rewards
  • 20.4.3 Available technology
  • 20.4.4 Fraud prevention
  • 20.5 The results
  • 20.5.1 Effects in rush-hour avoidances
  • 20.5.2 Effects: behavioural change of participants
  • 20.5.3 Effects: congestion reduction on the road network
  • 20.5.4 Effects: long-term contribution of rush-hour avoidance projects to congestion reduction
  • 20.5.5 Costs– benefits
  • 20.6 Public and political acceptance of rush-hour avoidance
  • 20.6.1 Financial rewarding
  • 20.6.2 Privacy
  • 20.6.3 Potential fraud
  • 20.7 Conclusions
  • References

Inspec keywords: road traffic; road pricing (tolls)

Other keywords: congestion reduction strategies; road pricing projects; financial rewarding scheme; financial charging schemes; traffic congestion; rush-hour avoidance projects; economic incentives

Subjects: Systems theory applications in transportation; Systems theory applications in economics and business

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