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Unformatted text preview: Fall 2006 Urban OR (1.203J/6.281J/etc.) Congestion Pricing and Queueing Theory Congestion Pricing Congestion costs due to any specific user have 2 components: (1) Cost of delay to that user (internal) (2) Cost of delay to all other users caused by that user (external) --At congested airports (and congested facilities, in general) this second component can be very large --A congestion toll can be imposed to force users to experience this cost component (to internalize the external costs) Economic principle Optimal use of a transportation facility cannot be achieved unless each additional (marginal) user pays for all the additional costs that this user imposes on all other users and on t he facility itself. Thus, a congestion toll not only contributes to a socially desirable result, but is necessary to reach such a result. (Vickrey, 1967; Carlin + Park, 1970) Congestion Pricing and Queueing Theory In practice it is very hard to: (1) Estimate external marginal delay costs (extensive data analysis or difficult simulation is typically needed); (2) Determine equilibrium congestion tolls (trial-and error approach that may take long time to converge is used sometimes)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course AERO 16.72 taught by Professor Hansman during the Fall '06 term at MIT.
- Fall '06