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Study of the Accessibility Inequalities of Cordon-Based Pricing Strategies Using a Multimodal Theil Index

Comporeale, Rosalia; Caggiani, Leonardo; Fonzone, Ro; Ottomanelli, Michele


Rosalia Comporeale

Leonardo Caggiani

Michele Ottomanelli


The implementation of an appropriate pricing policy in an urban area could alleviate both environmental and congestion problems by encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes of transportation. However, any positive net social welfare balance delivered by the policy can hide unacceptable regressive effects. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate any change in relative levels of accessibility among different categories of transport network users.
This study focuses on the application of a cordon-based congestion pricing scheme on a multimodal network, where private cars and public transportation coexist, and includes a sensitivity analysis by varying the size of the charging area and the amount of the toll, for a monocentric urban reality. Taking into account an elastic demand associated with each proposed charging scenario, the related distributional effects are explored using the Theil index, with a quantitative assessment of the inequalities in the accessibility variations across the users of the network.


Comporeale, R., Caggiani, L., Fonzone, R., & Ottomanelli, M. (2019). Study of the Accessibility Inequalities of Cordon-Based Pricing Strategies Using a Multimodal Theil Index. Transportation Planning and Technology, 42(5),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2019
Online Publication Date May 1, 2019
Publication Date 2019-05
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 2, 2020
Journal Transportation Planning and Technology
Print ISSN 0308-1060
Electronic ISSN 1029-0354
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 5
Keywords Multimodal inequalities; accessibility disparities; road pricing policy; cordon-based scheme; elastic demand.
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Additional Information Paper published in the UTSG Special Issue of Transportation Planning and Technology.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Transportation Planning and Technology on 1 May 2019, available online:

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