Road Pricing Infographic: How Tolling Impacts Various Road Users

Detail from UCLA ITS infographic - see full image below
Detail from UCLA ITS infographic - see full image below

Enjoy this clear insightful road pricing infographic from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.

As Metro moves forward with plans for new tolled ExpressLanes on the 405, 105, and 605 Freeways and extended facilities on the 110 and 10 Freeways, some critics assert that these facilities will be unfair to lower income drivers. UCLA ITS debunks these critiques, demonstrating that existing ways to pay for car-centric transportation systems are generally even worse for the poor.

Road pricing infographic from UCLA ITS. For full size image go to ITS website.

Kudos to Herbie Huff, Colleen Corcoran, and Jordan Fraade for working on this great piece, the first in a series.

  • keenplanner

    I’m so over having ITS wankers demonstrating yet another scrap of flawed methodology when the answer is sitting on their faces:

    TOLL ALL THE LANES ALL THE TIME, EXCEPT…retain NO TOLL 3+ passenger carpool (HOV)/ Express bus lanes (sorry, no so-called “clean air vehicles” in the HOV lanes, unless they’re carrying 3+ people).
    #There is a maximum reduction in SOV traffic
    #Carpooling rewards are maximized
    #Express buses that are faster than driving during peak hours.
    #More $$ to pay for road improvements spread out over more vehicles.

    The biggest financial burden on the poor is having to own a car at all, or more cars than they need.
    An overall road toll allows more mobility to more people, not more cars.
    It makes transit more feasible to more people.

    You’re welcome.

  • com63

    In the graphic, I don’t understand how the guy who makes $30k pays more sales tax than the people who make $75k and $80k respectively and only 30% less than the person making $200k? Does he have zero housing costs and spend his entire salary on goods subject to sales tax?

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, anyone who really cares for the poor should be working to make walking, cycling or public transit the fastest, easiest and most convenient way of going from A to B. A car-biased transportation system causes extreme hardship for poor people.

  • JustJake

    Sure, right when transit costs are 100% paid for by users. I’m so over wankers attempts to demonize the road infrastructure that our nation requires.

  • Ray

    Better yet, create direct pricing on every mile of roadway in the entire county. Dynamically price everything based on demand. On top of this dynamically priced road fee, add an additional pollution fee based on the vehicles emissions and neighborhood air quality. At this point, every vehicle pays a road use and environmental damage fee. The entire system will adjust to provide the correct vehicles for the correct roadways at the correct price. There will be a mixture of cars, shuttles, buses. It will then be very obvious where rail lines should be added as road pricing of some corridors may become so high that rail will become price competitive. You will end up with huge time savings, considerably less pollution, and overall economic savings and better land use choices. The current way we use roads is a failure.


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