Managed Lanes Connecting Metro Areas: The Pragmatic Solution

This report looks at express toll lanes as a strategy to address highway congestion and as a way to raise revenue for needed highway reconstruction. It begins with a look at the history of managed lanes, the condition of the U.S. Interstate System, and recommended corridor characteristics necessary for adding express toll lanes. Next, four case studies are presented as good candidates for managed lanes: I-95 in Virginia between the Richmond and Washington, D.C. metro areas; I-95 in Connecticut between the New York State Line and New Haven; I-85 in North Carolina between Greensboro and Durham; and I-5 in California between San Diego and Orange County. Each case study includes information on average annual daily traffic, accident rates, and congestion costs. Recommendations for number of and direction of toll lanes is included based on current or projected traffic. The report concludes with a look at the positive impacts of increasing travel speed due to implementing express toll lanes. Benefits include a reduction in emissions from stop-and-go traffic and an increase in reliability and popularity of intercity bus service.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 34p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01726858
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2019 8:15AM