THE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES IN AN URBAN TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR

THIS REPORT IS CONCERNED WITH THE GROWING TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON METROPOLITAN HIGHWAYS, A SITUATION WHICH HAS BECOME SELF-PERPETUATING. BECAUSE OF INCREASED CONCERN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, THIS TREND IS NOW CHANGING WITH THE TENDENCY TO IMPROVE EXISTING SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO MOVE MORE PEOPLE USING FEWER VEHICLES. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT INCENTIVES MUST BE PROVIDED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE HIGHER OCCUPANCY VEHICLES SUCH AS BUSES OR CARPOOLS. THESE INCENTIVES COULD BE PROVIDED BY PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES ON HIGHWAYS IN METROPOLITAN AREAS. USING THE HOLLYWOOD/GOLDEN STATE FREEWAY CORRIDOR IN LOS ANGELES AS AN EXAMPLE, THIS REPORT STUDIES VARIOUS PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT SCHEMES WHICH WOULD IMPROVE THE PERSON FLOW RATE THROUGH THE CORRIDOR, ADDING AS FEW PHYSICAL FACILITIES AS POSSIBLE TO THE EXISTING SYSTEM. THE INVESTIGATION IS MADE ALONG THREE MAJOR CRITERIA: TRANSPORTATION POTENTIAL, ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY, COST, AND SEVERAL MINOR CRITERIA. A RELATIVE IMPORTANCE SCALE COUPLED WITH A PERFORMANCE RATING OF EACH ALTERNATIVE BY EACH CRITERION PROVIDES THE FINAL RATINGS. TWO IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES ARE RECOMMENDED: (1) MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES BY-PASSING OTHER TRAFFIC AT METERED ON-RAMPS; (2) CONTRAFLOW LANES ON THE OFF-PEAK DIRECTIONAL ROADWAYS. THE REPORT IS CONCLUDED WITH A DISCUSSION OF THE ARRANGEMENTS, POTENTIAL, AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE RECOMMENDED PRACTICES. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract CA-11-0009 UMTA-CA-11-0009-73-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Los Angeles

    School of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Los Angeles, CA  USA  90024
  • Authors:
    • Link, D
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 216 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242212
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-11-0009-73-3Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 20 1974 12:00AM