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@David Alpert - Thanks for responding to my comment in Part 1 and addressing "myth 3" in Part 2. I will admit I am not sure I followed all of your logic, but my understanding is that toll fees will be kept artificially low to maximize commuter usage and eventually bring HOT lanes traffic speed into equilibrium with the free lanes at a slower speed than the existing HOV lanes and thus defeating the utility. However, it is in Transurban's economic interests to use cost controls to avoid the equilibrium conditions with the free lanes for this very reason.

As to the larger question about speed in the 95/395 corridor (including both free and HOT lanes), I think it is still an open question as to determining that overall speed will be decreased. If the HOT lanes experience a small slow down, but the free lanes significantly speed up then the net would be faster speed.

by OddNumber on Feb 15, 2011 4:03 pm • linkreport

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