Congestion Pricing at Border Crossings

Led the investigation of El Paso border crossings and their operations, with a focus upon potential congestion pricing policy options for cross-border movements. The project reviewed the border crossing process in general, provided a description of the various institutions involved in managing border crossing operations as well as looked at various programs implemented at border crossings. Maquiladoras were examined in detail as they are a principal driver of area commercial traffic. Various congestion pricing mechanisms — including dynamic, variable and freight value policies — were evaluated through two case studies in the El Paso area. Finally, an assessment of each pricing mechanism with regards to their ability to overcome the various institutional and infrastructural barriers present at the border and their ability to generate benefits in the area was analyzed and recommendations regarding implementation were made.

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