Research Extent Privitization Raise Nation's Welfare by Reducing Quality Travel US Highways

The purpose of this project is to identify and analyze the consequences that are likely to arise where a government agency competes directly with a private firm in the provision of highway services. This situation would allow private ownership and operation of highways to be introduced on a limited, controlled basis, and would require private operators to provide superior service in the lanes they controlled in order to compete effectively with a government agency offering free travel in the remaining lanes. At the same time, a private firm would be required to earn a reasonable profit in order to attract necessary investment capital, which would require it to charge tolls while competing with the free lanes operated by a public agency, while minimizing its costs for operating the lane(s).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Transportation, Planning, Research and Development


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Swerdloff, Carl

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Radin, Sari

  • Start Date: 20080501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35212

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492337
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-05-G-00023
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2013 1:00AM