MOTORISTS' IMPRESSION OF THE HOV SIGNS ON I-66 FINAL REPORT

The public's familiarity with and understanding of the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) variable message sign on the 10-mile segment of Interstate 66 between the 495 Capital Beltway and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge in Arlington, Virginia was studied. The study determined the effectiveness of the public educational program in reaching users of the facility, the motorists understanding of the HOV abbreviation, and any other means that would promote familiarity and understanding of the sign. The first phase of the study comprised a questionnaire survey of motorists and residents adjacent to I 66. The second phase was a follow-up survey of motorists using I 66. It was found that almost all motorists know what the abbreviation meant although the media advertising campaign did not reach as many as it should have. A continuation of the publicity was considered necessary. There was also concern over the inadequacy of the HOV information available to tourists and out-of-state drivers. It was recommended that increased use be made of the diamond lane marking symbols such as those shown in the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), and that the HOV sign should be included in the MUTCD.

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  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392263
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 84-R29, HS-037 369
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM