INVESTIGATION OF LAND USE, DEVELOPMENT, AND PARKING POLICIES TO SUPPORT THE USE OF HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLES IN TEXAS. FINAL REPORT

This research study examined the factors that influence commuting behavior, the reaction of commuters to various strategies and techniques to encourage alternative commute modes, and the use of different programs by public agencies and businesses in Texas. This was accomplished through a state-of-the-art literature review; discussion groups with representatives from the public and private sectors in Dallas, Houston, and Austin; an evaluation of the Houston Employer Trip Reduction Plans; and surveys of bus riders, carpoolers, and motorists on High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and freeways in Dallas and Houston. The research results identify the strategies that appear most appropriate for further application in Texas and potential implementation techniques. The results indicate that voluntary efforts are favored over mandatory programs. Further, support was strongest for transit services and support facilities, ridesharing, employee incentives, and on-site amenities. Less support was voiced for pricing strategies, including congestion pricing, increasing parking rates, and raising the tax on gasoline.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Investigation of Land Use, Development, and Parking Policies to Support the Use of High-Occupancy Vehicles in Texas.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

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

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Transfer Office, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5051

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Turnbull, K F
    • Turner, P A
    • Lindquist, N F
  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 170 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-96/1361-1F, Res Rept 1361-1F, TTI: 0-1361
  • Contract Numbers: Study 0-1361
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1996 12:00AM