Friday, November 21, 2008

Reduce traffic by charging carpoolers?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM

The AJC says the state is about to receive up to $110 million from the feds to install tolls on HOV lanes.

The main idea is to push enough people off the HOV lane to guarantee at least one lane on the highway where traffic can flow freely.


If the state is actually trying to reduce congestion in carpool lanes, how about changing the lanes from HOV-2 to HOV-3 during rush hour?

Much of the time, HOV-2 isn't really carpooling. It's "I have my kid in the car," or "I'm driving my spouse to the airport. I'm a fan of both, but neither is really carpooling.

Going HOV-3, or even HOV-4 during rush hour would create an express lane for commuters who make an effort to find co-workers and neighbors for ride-sharing.

HOV-3 or HOV-4 rewards the best carpoolers by offering them a faster commute. HOV-2  lanes merely creates a separate lane for people with extra cash.

Making rush hour carpool lanes HOV-3 would be cheaper, too. Decals are cheaper than toll booths.

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