Congestion Pricing in Israel

by Elaine Schwartz    •    Dec 22, 2009    •    673 Views

Run privately, guaranteeing 70kph (43.5 mph), a toll lane will be created on a busy Israeli road. More traffic–price up; less traffic, price drops. Another solution to the tragedy of the commons.
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Should we be concerned that a toll road is regressive?
Regressive: those who are less affluent pay a higher percent of their income than those that earn more.

Tragedy of the Commons: When a resource is shared by many rather than privately owned, it tends to be “misused” or “overused”. For a pasture, “misuse” is over grazing; in the ocean, fish populations are depleted; in the air, factories pollute.

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