RESULTS OF THE BUS-ON METERED FREEWAY EVALUATION-I35W, MINNEAPOLIS

Evaluation results of an Urban Corridor Demonstration Program sponsored by UMTA, the I-35W Bus-on-metered Freeway System concept are presented in this article. The concept featured the meeting of an urban radial freeway, a real-time traffic management system, an express bus service, priority bus access to the freeway via ramps, and the provision of bus shelters, signs, and parking facilities in the corridor. In addition to the goals of the comprehensive Urban Corridor Demonstration Program, the specific objectives of the I-35W demonstration program; A. improve corridor level of service by metering traffic entering the freeway; B. increase the modal shift of auto drivers and passengers to express bus service; C. improve reliability of the freeway operation through accident reduction and an efficient traffic management system; D. improve transit system performance through decreased travel times and unit costs; E. obtain user acceptance through an advertising program; F. obtain a positive environmental impact through reduced noise and air pollution; G. implement the bus-on-metered freeway system in a cost-effective way. The evaluation of the project, which was divided into three phases, was designed to assess the impact of the project on the corridor and make these observations available to other urban areas. Detailed conclusions for each specific objective are described, with the overall conclusion being that the bus-on-metered freeway concept is a viable solution to medium density radial corridor congestion problems. The concept can be applied where freeway ramp metering can provide a high level of service, where there is a market for express bus service, where freeway ramps can permit rapid access for buses, and where other roads exist for alternate routes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Carlson, G C
    • Wolsfeld Jr, R P
    • Penke, R J
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 17-23
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  • Accession Number: 00134699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1981 12:00AM