The point of priced express lanes can be easily summarized: to work, they need people to explicitly not want to use them. By design, they are not for everyone at all times of day — that’s what general purpose lanes are for. Instead, they are for individuals who are willing to trade one kind of pain for another.
Congestion pricing concepts are making a comeback. Cordon pricing was briefly considered by New York City and San Francisco as a part of the Urban Partnership Agreement program in the mid 2000’s. However, various reasons caused both communities to cease their planned deployment. Recently, though, new studies have emerged evaluating the concept. As reported, Washington
Since the successful implementation of cordon pricing in Stockholm and London, other European cities have looked to cordon pricing (and other forms of congestion pricing) to reduce traffic in urban cores, produce revenue for transit, and affect modal change. According to new findings, the Gothenburg (Sweden) congestion pricing program has proven to be just as
A few months ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced a proposal to convert I-66’s peak-period HOV restriction to something similar to express lanes. This proposed policy for I-66, between I-495 and the District of Columbia, would constitute only the second peak-period application of congestion pricing on a whole facility (like SR 520 in Seattle).
The promise of priced express lanes is that congestion pricing will act as a sufficient meter to traffic flow. If the price is set correctly based upon demand for those users of the facility, then congestion pricing should regulate access into the express lanes without allowing for saturated traffic conditions. However, any users who were
To put it simply, I-66 between the District of Columbia and I-495 is a strange animal. It is one of the only HOV-restricted roadways in the world. Due to its highly constrained environment and Federal protection under law, I-66 has not been widened beyond its two lanes in each directions, despite its importance to regional
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