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Jan
30

Still Not Worth the Cost: A Follow-Up Case Study of Congestion Pricing in the SF Bay Area

written by Dr. Duru

Over three years ago, I wrote “Not Worth the Cost: A 17-Month Case Study of Congestion Pricing in the SF Bay Area” as an analysis of congestion pricing on the Express Lane for Highway 237 in Milpitas, CA. I concluded then that the opportunity for saving time was not worth the price of the toll […]

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Sep
20

Uber Uses Economics 101 And A Natural Experiment to Justify Surge Pricing

written by Dr. Duru

I have several beefs with Uber and its ilk. One beef I do NOT share with some is the controversy over Uber’s surge pricing. Surge pricing sounds exotic, but the pricing process is relatively basic in operation and in principle. It comes from the economics of bringing supply and demand into balance when demand surges […]

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Dec
7

Using Machine Learning To Tease Out A Dynamic Pricing Algorithm

written by Dr. Duru

On November 29, 2013, I wrote a piece titled “Not Worth the Cost: A 17-Month Case Study of Congestion Pricing in the SF Bay Area.” In that piece, I presented data I manually collected on toll costs for the westbound Express Lane on Highway 237 (running from Milpitas to Sunnyvale, CA) versus the drive time […]

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Nov
29

Not Worth the Cost: A 17-Month Case Study of Congestion Pricing in the SF Bay Area

written by Dr. Duru

On March 20, 2012, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) implemented congestion (or dynamic) pricing on a critical San Francisco Bay Area thoroughfare called Highway 237 that primarily connects commuters from the East Bay to the South Bay. This change converted an existing car pool lane into an “Express Lane” which now allows solo drivers access […]

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