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Paying for the Fixed Costs of Roads

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  • David Levinson

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    (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

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This paper explores alternative financing mechanisms to pay for the fixed costs of roads, particularly in cases without rising marginal costs. Mechanisms considered include tolls, gas taxes, and developer payments. The problems with each are discussed. An example looking at problems of temporal and spatial free-riding is presented.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 200505.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Transport Economics and Policy , Volume 39, Part 3, September 2005, pp. 279-294
Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:fixedcostsofroads

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Keywords: Transportation financing; economics; toll roads; impact fees .;

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  1. Fielding, Gordon J. & Klein, Daniel B., 1993. "How To Franchise Highways," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt79z9x6fs, University of California Transportation Center.
  2. Baer, Christopher T. & Klein, Daniel B. & Majewski, John, 1992. "From Trunk to Branch: Toll Roads in New York, 1800-1860," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt9pv183b2, University of California Transportation Center.
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  1. Shanjiang Zhu & David Levinson, 2011. "The Hierarchy of Roads, the Locality of Traffic, and Governance," Working Papers 000097, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.

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