Congestion-Clearing Payments to Passengers

Peak period traffic congestion in California urban areas and across North America is ubiquitous. The research team is examining the hypothesis that enough commuters can be paid on a real-time basis to reduce peak traffic congestion substantially. To do this, the team will: (1) Place the concept of congestion-clearing payments to passengers within a robust theoretical behavioral economics framework, and provide examples, observations, and practical methods for implementation, including gamification. (2) Develop a generalizable method (the Method) that enables analysis and interpretation of the flows of traffic in an urban highway corridor, travelers’ origins and destinations, their trip purpose and content, and the potential and propensity for people to travel as passengers at peak travel times (instead of as drivers), in return for different levels of payment. (3) Apply the Method on paper to an agreed urban highway corridor to guide methodology development. (4) Define a pilot project, to present to decision-makers in the agreed corridor that enables consideration of congestion-clearing payments to passengers as an alternative to other congestion management methodologies or facility expansion, to validate the Method for use in other locations. (5) Identify follow-up research and implementation approaches, including integration of the Method with existing and emerging carpooling and transit smartphone apps.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $73627
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Minett, Paul

    • Start Date: 20180901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20191130
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01682047
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Sep 26 2018 3:32PM