PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR TRANSIT AND OTHER HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLES

The workshop noted the critical importance of law enforcement, cooperation and compliance when implementing bus or carpool preferential lanes. Primarily because of safety considerations, a major current issue is whether to permit car pools in contraflow, high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Participants thought that carpools could be admitted to contraflow lanes on a permit basis, thus allowing some type of screening and education for potential operators in the lane. If there is no shoulder or buffer lane available for use as a breakdown area, then carpools, even with permit should not be admitted to contraflow lanes. Successful implementation of high-occupancy vehicle lanes is dependent on a carefully planned public information and education program. Preferential treatments should be used to develop new transit ridership in predominantly automobile-dominant territories as well as maintain existing ridership in areas where transit services are already established. It is noted that a preferential treatment that can be readily seen by motorists has a greater potential for automobile-to-transit diversion than a treatment that improves transit travel but is not too visible. The consensus of the workshop was that special facilities for high-occupancy vehicles should be considered for all highway-widening projects, particularly those that are radially oriented.

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    • From TRB Special Report No. 172, Transportation System Management, proceedings of a conference held November 7-10, 1976, conducted by the Transportation Research Board, and sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. DOT in cooperation with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
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    • Goodman, Leon
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  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00179072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1981 12:00AM