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Toll highway concessions in the Madrid Metropolitan Area: lessons to be learnt
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  • Transport
Highway concessions are becoming quite popular all around the world as a means to promote private participation in the management and financing of public infrastructure. The congestion problems caused by the limited capacity of the road infrastructure networks in many metropolitan areas are prompting public authorities to adopt the concession approach to improve highway capacity, while at the same time implementing a congestion pricing approach. This paper describes and assesses the case study of a toll highway concession program, recently implemented in the city of Madrid, to build four radial toll highways intended to reduce congestion and at the same time to raise revenues to fund the new infrastructure. The concessions, which started their operations in 2003 and 2004, have not worked as well as expected. There are several reasons for this. The first is being that they managed to capture only a small share of the traffic in the corridor. This has caused serious financial problems to the concessionaires, who are on the verge of bankruptcy. This paper analyses both the reasons behind the government?s adoption of the concession approach, and the reasons why this approach ultimately proved unsuccessful. On the basis of the results of this case study, we offer a set of recommendations for policy makers as to what issues to keep in mind when considering the use of toll highway concession contracts in metropolitan areas.
Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting
Washington DC
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  • Autor: Jose Manuel Vassallo Magro (UPM)
  • Autor: María de los Ángeles Baeza Muñoz (Universidad de Granada)
  • Autor: Alejandro Ortega Hortelano (UPM)
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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte
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