THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS' CHALLENGE--PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLES

The traffic engineer's responsibility for the initiative in guiding transportation developments in a way that will change the user demand pattern from the most inefficient travel mode (one person per auto) to the much more efficient modes (carpools and buses) is discussed. Experience with preferential treatment of car pools is detailed. Such treatment ranges from specially constructed freeway lanes and fringe parking, reserving existing freeway and arterial lanes, reduced rates and special lanes and toll facilities, to bypasses of queues at metered access ramps and other bottleneck areas on freeways. Experience with these facilities is promising. The inclusion of carpools in exclusive bus lane strategies, will often make such transit projects cost-effective and implementable. An attitude survey among motorists in the congested regular lanes of such a preferential treatment scheme, revealed that 75 percent thought it was a desirable concept. Transportation engineers and officials must be willing to implement these concepts.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington, August 17-21, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Morin, D A
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Accession Number: 00128813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM