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Road Transport Congestion Costs Calculations Adaptation to Engineering Approach

Marjan Lep and Beno Mesarec


The article represents so called "engineering" approach for computing the total road transport congestion costs. According to economic welfare theory, the total costs of transport congestion are defined as dead weight loss (DWL) of infrastructure use. With a set of equations DWL could be formulated in a mathematical way. Because such form of equation is not directly applicable for concrete road network calculations it should be transformed into "engineering" form, which comprises transport engineering related data as classified road links, traffic volumes, passenger unit costs, etc. The equation is well applicable on the interurban road network; adaptations are needed for the urban road network cost calculations, where time losses are not so much related to the link travel time. The final equation was derived for the purposes of national road congestion cost calculation.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 5 No. 1, 2008, 29-33


Submitted On: 4 May 2007 Published On: 31 January 2008

How to Cite: Lep, M. & Mesarec, B. (2008). Road Transport Congestion Costs Calculations Adaptation to Engineering Approach. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 5(1), 29-33.

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  • transport congestion costs
  • road network congestion costs
  • interurban congestion costs
  • urban congestion