Smart congestion pricing: Testing travel incentives to reduce congestion in Bangalore
- 30 November, 2017
- IGC Research on India
Severe peak-time traffic congestion is endemic in large cities in developing countries, both on roads as well as in public transportation, with important negative consequences. There is a pressing need to improve understanding of how people make travel decisions, and to experiment with new technologies to realign private and social interest. This project uses a novel data collection strategy using smartphones and a field experiment to provide evidence on traffic congestion inefficiencies in Bangalore. It also evaluates policy levers to counter congestion using monetary incentives and information.