HOV Lessons

by Katherine F. Turnbull, Program Mgr.; Texas Transportation Inst., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843,
Dennis Christiansen, Assoc. Dir.; Texas Transportation Inst., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 9, Pg. 74-75

Document Type: Feature article


As traffic congestion worsens, transportation planners are struggling to squeeze out every last bit of available roadway capacity. High-occupancy vehicle lanes are one solution, but aren't always the right choice. The article describes a study of six HOV projects that identified 10 common characteristics of successful systems: 1) significant congestion and projected growth in travel demand; 2) lack of a fixed-guideway transit plan for the corridor; 3) planned or scheduled highway improvements; 4) project champion(s) in positions of authority; 5) legislative direction and agency policy support; 6) lead agency with overall responsibility for implementing the project; 7) interagency cooperation, such as a project-management team, to ensure that all groups were adequately involved in the implementation process; 8) joint funding; 9) support of federal agencies; and 10) flexibility and adaptability to change.

Subject Headings: Traffic congestion | Traffic capacity | High occupancy vehicles | Team building | Highways and roads | Travel demand | Transportation corridors | Scheduling

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