This study evaluates the traffic and revenue impacts of moving from a fixed toll rate on the 183A Turnpike in Texas to a toll structure that varies by time of day.
Examining Feasibility of Time-of-Day Tolls to Reduce Congestion
The 183A Toll Road runs parallel to the heavily congested US-183 corridor and provides a faster travel option in Austin, Texas. Currently the users of the 183A Toll Road pay a toll that does not vary throughout the day. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has commissioned a study to evaluate the feasibility of implementing tolls that vary by time-of-day on the 183A Toll Road.
This study sought to understand how motorists will respond to alternative time-of-day pricing policies, to inform toll road revenue and traffic projections. Specifically, the researchers wanted to determine if it is possible to reduce 183A tolls in pre- and post-peak shoulder periods so as to reduce downstream traffic congestion (in the MoPac area) and to maintain or exceed current 183A toll revenue.
Researchers used a stated preference survey of southbound travellers of US-183 corridor. The survey responses were analysed using discrete choice models to understand how variable tolls affect motorists' utilization of 183A Toll Road and other alternatives, as well as their departure time.
Thomas Light (Principal Investigator)