Chicago plans pilot study on congestion pricing

Illinois-The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is pushing for congestion pricing to ease Chicago’s traffic troubles. Highway gridlock is costing the city $7.3 billion a year in lost productivity and fuel. IDOT is considering an express lane on the Stevenson Expressway that would allow drivers to bypass traffic by paying a toll on an adjustable scale based on current demand and overall distance traveled.

 

The expressway would be a public-private partnership in which a developer would build, operate and maintain the lanes in exchange for tolls. While congestion pricing is a key part of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s “Go to 2040” long-term planning strategy, the system could debut in a pilot capacity relatively soon. IDOT is hoping to study the concept by implementing a managed lane on Interstate 55 by as early as 2019.