AN EVALUATION OF THE HOUSTON HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANE SYSTEM. INTERIM REPORT

This report evaluates the operation of the Houston freeway high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane system through calendar year 1990. As of the end of 1990, HOV lanes were in operation on four Houston freeways: Katy Freeway (I-10); North Freeway (I-45); Northwest Freeway (US 290); and Gulf Freeway (I-45). Since 1988, an annual report has been prepared through this research project that summarizes the status and effectiveness of the HOV improvements. This research report provides an analysis of data related to: 1) operation of the HOV lanes; 2) operation of the freeway mainlanes; 3) combined HOV lane and freeway data; and 4) data relating to transit usage and operations. Both a "before" and "after" trend line analysis and a comparison to control freeways are used as a means of assessing the impacts of the HOV facilities. As of the end of 1990, 46.5 miles of barrier-separated HOV facilities were in operation. Over 67,000 daily person trips are served on the HOV lanes; this represents a 50% increase in usage compared to 1989. Sixty percent of total person trips on the HOV lanes are being served by carpools and vanpools, with the remaining 40% being served by buses.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: A "Before" and "After" Evaluation of the Committed High-Occupancy Vehicle Transitway Projects.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Christiansen, D L
    • Morris, D E
  • Publication Date: 1991-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 228 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00618051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-89/3-1146-4, Res Rept 1146-4, TTI: 2-10-89/3-1146
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-10-89/3-1146
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1991 12:00AM