CARPOOL LANES--ARE THEY ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS?
Public sentiment is turning against high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. Various initiatives in the California legislature evidence this disenchantment. The controversy has spilled over to Washington State, where a public initiative to abolish carpool lanes is expected to be on the November 2000 ballot and bills to open carpool lanes to all motorists in off-peak hours have been filed in the state legislature. The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to maintain that HOV lanes relieve congestion, move more people, and improve air quality, despite any supporting data. A report by California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) has added fuel to the HOV debate. The LAO report concludes that any expansion of the HOV lane system should be closely tied to evidence that the lanes are achieving their goals.
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- Publication Date: 2000-3
- Pagination: 2 p.
- Innovation Briefs
- Volume: 11
- Issue Number: 2
- Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
- ISSN: 1071-393X
- TRT Terms: Air quality; Carpools; High occupancy vehicle lanes; Highway capacity; Laws; Legislation; Public opinion; Traffic flow; Utilization
- Identifier Terms: Legislative analyst office; U.S. Department of Transportation
- Geographic Terms: California; Washington (State)
- Subject Areas: Highways; Law; Operations and Traffic Management; Research; Society; I73: Traffic Control;
- Accession Number: 00790720
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 26 2000 12:00AM