Where the Rubber Meets the Road: How Much Motorists Pay for Road Infrastructure

The Conference Board of Canada, 37 pages, October 17, 2013
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This report offers new estimates of road infrastructure costs and cost recovery, using the Province of Ontario as the target of its analysis.

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Remedies to address road congestion are often predicated on the presumption that road users do not cover road infrastructure costs. Where the Rubber Meets the Road: How Much Motorists Pay for Road Infrastructure estimates the extent to which road users and particularly light-duty vehicle users cover their costs in Ontario. In addition, it estimates the extent to which road users cover infrastructure costs in Ontario’s largest urban area, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

The report finds that road users in Ontario cover a significant portion of road infrastructure costs and that cost recovery in the GTHA is higher than it is for the province as a whole. A subsequent report will further interpret these results and place them into the context of the broad principles that ought to govern our infrastructure policy.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Estimating Road Infrastructure Costs
  • About This Report

Chapter 2—Road User Cost Recovery in Ontario

  • Costs And Revenues From a Whole Network Perspective
  • Different Approaches to Costs
  • Calculating Total Revenues
  • Putting It All Together—Total Network Costs and Revenues
  • Allocation of Costs and Revenues to Light-Duty Vehicles
  • Allocation of Costs
  • Allocation of Revenues
  • Costs and Revenues—Summary of LDVs’ Share
  • Summary

Chapter 3—Other Road-Related Costs and Cost Recovery in the GTHA

  • Vehicle Stock in Ontario and Household Expenditures on Transportation
  • Social or External Costs
  • External Costs
  • “In-Between” Costs
  • Costs and Revenues at the Urban Level
  • The Road Network in the GTHA
  • Road Network Costs in the GTHA
  • Road Network Revenues in the GTHA
  • GTHA Road Network Cost Recovery
  • Allocation of GTHA Road Network Costs and Revenues to LDVs
  • Observations and Methodological Considerations

Chapter 4—Conclusion

Appendix A—Bibliography

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