The New Jersey I-495 exclusive bus lane (XBL) was the first and most successful contraflow freeway XBL. Its success sparked similar projects and greatly facilitated the other elements of Tri-state's Urban Corridor Demonstration Program. These non and low capital projects were set in perspective by a report on the status, plans, and programs for such projects throughout the Tri-State Region. This report was prepared as part of the National Transportation Study and drew considerable interest. Tri-State's XBL and other experiences with non and low capital alternatives proved very helpful during the early part of 1974. As part of the response to the energy crisis, an Energy Saving Transportation Plan was prepared by Tri-State with participation by county, city, state, federal, public authority, and transit personnel in meetings held throughout the Region on two way, closed circuit television. The plan contains transit, highway, and job site incentives as well as a financing/pricing element. Highway incentives include (on freeways) exclusive bus lanes, priority roadways (no single occupant autos), priority lanes (buses and carpools), and a elimination of bus restrictions, rationalized and priority tolls for bridges and tunnels, increased fringe parking, and bicycle lanes for streets throughout the Region. Financing, to be confined to the transport sector, would include changes (both increases and decreases) to bridge and tunnel tolls, changes in Manhattan CBD parking charges and taxes, a 10 percent additional gasoline tax increasing at one percent annually to be spent in the county in which collected, and a graduated annual registration fee to discourage purchase of oversize cars. Beyond the one-time efforts of the bus lane and these other projects, several continuing changes are underway. Non and low capital alternatives are now a regular part of Tri-State's annual work programs. Applications for federal-aid (highway and transit) will increasingly have to demonstrate the need for capital projects, why low capital approaches would be inadequate. Energy and air quality will be just two of several assessments made of all plans. /Author/

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    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • HORN, M
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Accession Number: 00083964
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM