PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR HIGH-OCCUPANCY VEHICLES

Preferential treatment for buses and car pools is one of the transportation system management actions that can be applied in many areas to promote shifts by commuters from low-occupancy automobiles to carpools and buses. Although the concept is relatively new, the experience gained from projects undertaken in many cities with diverse conditions has shown that it does work. Dramatic results have been achieved on I-95 in northern Virginia where two bus and car-pool lanes handle 17,000 persons/lane during the peak hour with space capacity. There are many different ways that buses and car pools can be given preferential treatment depending on the type of highway facility. Traffic flow models are available to facilitate the simulation of various alternatives strategies, and projects are eligible for Federal Highway Administration and Urban Mass Transportation Administration program funds. With the increased attention on TSM and the expression of it in the transportation improvement programs, traffic engineering, transit operating, and enforcement agencies must work cooperatively with metropolitan planning organizations to develop and implement more preferential treatment projects. /Author/

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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, Joseph M
    • Morin, Donald A
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  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00179086
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Sep 14 1981 12:00AM