Managed Lane Issues (Including HOV and HOT Issues)
Date published: Jul 09, 2004
Survey consists of responses from 32 transportation professionals on the planning and operation of managed lanes. Questions/topics include:
- Has the term “managed lanes” been used at all by the news media, general public in your metropolitan area?
- Which of the following best describes the general attitude of elected officials in your metropolitan area on HOV lanes? If they are non-supportive or had mixed feelings, what were the main reasons for this?
- Describes the general attitude of the elected officials in your metropolitan area on HOT lanes. If they are non-supportive or had mixed feelings, what were the main reasons for this?
- If a legislative initiative has been undertaken over the past few years to open up HOV lanes to all traffic, please briefly describe the initiative and its status.
- What is the likely impact over the next few years of allowing hybrid vehicles access to your area’s HOV lanes with the next year, assuming federal or state laws allow such in the immediate future?
- What do you consider the best handbook/literature available for planning and design of HOV/HOT facilities?
- If you have concurrent flow, non-barrier separated HOV lanes operating in your metropolitan area, how do you believe the capacity reduction on the adjacent general purpose lanes as a result of traffic weaving to and from these types of HOV/HOT facilities in your area compare with the capacity gains realized by these HOV/HOT facilities, particularly where there is a considerable amount of congestion present on the genreal purpose lanes?
- Area freeway to freeway connectors for HOV/HOT lanes planned/implemented in your metropolitan area?
- Has your agency or any other agency in your metropolitan area conducted studies within the past few years on any of the following for possible applications in your metropolitan area: pricing of HOV lanes, truck-only lanes, bus-only lanes, express lanes, other? What was the outcome and status of the studies?
- What operational issues are you currently confronting on your HOV lanes?
- What do you feel are the most pressing technology needs to improve HOV operation and enforcement practice?
- What issues are affecting implementation of HOV and HOT lanes in your area?
- Do you have a policy in place that specifies what procedures you will follow and action you will take when the vehicle volume on any of your HOV/HOT lanes get too close to capacity? If so, describe it.
- How do you feel about the following statement: “Over time, the substantial investment in HOV facilities, and particularly free-way-to-freeway connectors, can be better invested in exclusive transit facilities where higher density development can build up over time near stations, creating a much more substantial and viable transportation facility for the longer term? Why do you feel this way?
- How has your opinion changed over the past few years about the effectiveness of HOV lanes as a good measure to reduce congestion?
- Indicate which of the following evolutionary paths are the best and most likely fit for your HOV/HOT lanes for the past, present and future – HOV 2+ to HOV 3+, HOV2+ to HOV 3+ HOV4+, HOV 2+ to HOV3+ to buses only, HOV 2+ to HOV3+ to buses only to fixed rail transit etc.
- Please rate the importance of the following needs for managed lanes: demand analysis techniques, revenue projection techniques, environmental justice/equity assessment techniques, freight analysis techniques, cost-benefit analysis techniques, applied engineering and modeling to support project development and design, guidelines on measures of effectiveness.
- What do you think about the level of use of HOV lanes in your area?
- If your agency recently estimated the vehicle volumes of a future HOV lane and/or the effect on the HOV vehicle volume of changes in strategies for managing an existing HOV lane, please provide the source of the technique.
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