STATISTICAL ASSESSMENT OF PUBLIC OPINION TOWARD CONVERSION OF GENERAL-PURPOSE LANES TO HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLE LANES

Converting general-purpose lanes to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes is a policy that has been meticulously avoided since the public outcry opposing the lane conversion projects of the 1970s. Now that HOV lanes are firmly established in many metropolitan areas one has to wonder if public sentiments toward such lane conversions have changed. Public opinion of an HOV lane conversion recently completed in the Seattle metropolitan area is assessed. A series of multinomial logit and ordered probit models are estimated to isolate factors that determine commuters' attitudes toward various HOV policies (including lane conversion). The results show that although lane conversions are still strongly opposed by a substantial portion of the population, the intense public resistance encountered in the 1970s appears to be waning. Most of the survey respondents were either neutral or in favor of lane conversion projects.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 168-176
  • Monograph Title: Human performance and safety in highway, traffic, and ITS systems
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 13 1995 12:00AM