Impact of Removal of Tolls on Travel in Tidewater Virginia: Volume 3

Report No: 78-R12

Published in 1977

About the report:

Academic economists have written and spoken for the past two decades about utilizing pricing in the private demand for transportation as a means to improve the efficiency of the transportation system. Recently tolls and parking charges have been discussed as an alternative solution to the urban transportation congestion problem, but the lack of demonstration projects has largely precluded the generation of data by which the constraint induced by pricing schemes can be monitored. In order to take advantage of the "natural experiment" which the removal of tolls in Tidewater Virginia provided, case studies of three toll facilities in the area- the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the James River Bridge, and the Coleman Bridge were undertaken. The results of these case studies are reported in three volumes, with the first volume presenting the findings for the Hampton Roads facility. The results for the James River Bridge and the Coleman Bridge are reported in Volumes II and III, respectively.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • R. N. Robertson, Gary R. Allen, Ph.D.

Last updated: January 27, 2024

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