Tampa combines bus and toll lanes

The toll and transit agencies in Tampa, Florida are working together to create combined bus and toll lanes (BTL), with plans to be finalized in the autumn. The BTL project took off in 2010 with a research grant from the Federal Highway Administration, which was matched by funding from the Florida Department of Transportation. The BTL concept adds toll-managed lanes, mainly for the use of express transit buses, to existing roadways. Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to use lanes by paying a toll. Dynamic pricing will be in effect to control traffic levels. This is seen as a method of addressing increasing traffic volumes on United States roads without adding additional lanes. The development of BTL required a high degree of cooperation between transit and toll agencies. BTLs could help with rising congestion levels in the Tampa Bay area. Buses are the main form of public transit for the region, which also lacks HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes. The BTL project is to make more effective use of buses, which will help locals choose to make a modal shift towards public transit. The combined toll and fare revenues are expected to help cover the operating and capital costs involved. Overall, the project could greatly improve the use of public transit in the area and, if successful, will become a model for future projects.

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  • Accession Number: 01495019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2013 11:59PM