Transportation Research Record
This study examines public preferences for two revenue options—fuel taxes and tolls—to finance transportation infrastructure in an urban area with the use of the results of a survey of residents of the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia. Specifically, the study addresses two related research questions: (a) To what extent do residents support instituting tolls, increasing the fuel tax, or both? (b) What roles do self-interest and ideological beliefs play in support of increasing the fuel tax, imposing tolls, or doing both? The study finds that 50% of respondents expressed a willingness to support fuel taxes or tolls for infrastructure, 29% for increasing fuel taxes, and 28% for tolls, with 7% supporting both revenue options. The study also finds that the support for each funding source is associated with a different set of ideological beliefs and self-interest factors. Implications for generating public support for increases in revenue and funding for transportation facilities are discussed.
0000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0002-3727-3016 (O'Connell), 0000-0001-7006-6601 (Anuar), 0000-0001-5013-2464 (Mahar)
Original Publication Citation
Yusuf, J.-E.W., O’Connell, L., Anuar, K.A., & Mahar, K. (2016). Paying for infrastructure in an urban environment: Roles of ideological beliefs and self-interest in support for two funding mechanisms. Transportation Research Record(2530), 1-8. doi: 10.3141/2530-01
Yusuf, Juita-Elena (Wie); O'Connell, Lenahan; Anuar, Khairul A.; and Mahar, Kaitrin, "Paying for Infrastructure in an Urban Environment: Roles of Ideological Beliefs and Self-Interest in Support for Two Funding Mechanisms" (2016). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 8.