DEDICATED LANE USE IN NORTH AMERICA

Traffic congestion continues to be a major problem in metropolitan areas throughout North America. Providing for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods is critical to the economic health and the quality of life in these regions. Population and employment growth, the availability of needed right-of-way, limited funding, air quality and environmental concerns, and other issues all hamper the ability to address increasing levels of traffic congestion. Dedicating new or existing traffic lanes to specific types of vehicles or travelers represents one technique being used in some areas to address these issues. For example, lanes on freeways, toll facilities, and arterial streets may be reserved for long distance express traffic, buses, high-occupancy vehicles (HOV), travelers willing to pay for premium service, low emission vehicles, and commercial vehicles. This paper highlights examples of dedicating travel lanes to different user groups and presents information on the experience with some approaches.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper appears on the CD-ROM, Smart Innovations in Traffic Engineering: Regional Conference.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Turnbull, K F
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2000

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792192
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2000 12:00AM