TIME FOR A NATIONAL FOCUS ON FREEWAY CONGESTION

In this article, the author makes the case for a national focus on freeway congestion, an extensive problem that is causing billions of dollars in wasted time and fuel. The author reports on a successful program in California (SR 91 Express Lanes and I-15 Express Lanes) that used value pricing as a strategy to keep lanes free-flowing at the busiest rush hours; on any given day, significant numbers of people are willing to pay a premium price for much-improved mobility. Indeed, the SR 91 project demonstrated that the revenues from such pricing, at least in that case, could cover the cost of building and operating brand-new urban freeway lanes. The author also reports on a study the suggests a combination of variable pricing lanes with express bus service (also called BRT, bus rapid transit); data shows that toll revenue bonds could pay for between 43% and 93% of the projected costs to build these type of networks. The author concludes by listing specific suggestions for the implementation of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.

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  • Authors:
    • Poole, R W
  • Publication Date: 2004-12

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 22-23
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  • Accession Number: 00986517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 14 2005 12:00AM