Congestion Pricing: Equity

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Studies have shown that lower income individuals face the greatest financial harm when they are denied adequate choices. For example, lack of choice can result in lost wages or late fees for day care that could have been avoided had they been provided a viable choice. Surveys conducted on priced lanes have concluded a broad spectrum of income groups express approval of the priced projects because they are given a choice of choosing a tolled route, an alternative route, or a different transportation mode. Furthermore, transit riders, many of whom are low-income users, actually experience faster and more reliable transit trips when lanes are managed with pricing.