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Lance's proposal is essentially what Maryland is building on I-95 northeast of Baltimore (and has proposed on I-270 from where it narrows to two lanes per side on up to Frederick): "Express Toll Lanes." Another way to think of ETLs is as HOT lanes without the "HO" aspect--that is, there is no exemption for carpools, so if you want to use the express lanes, you pay a toll, the amount of which varies in the same way it does in HOT lanes.

I suppose one might argue that making everyone pay INCREASES the "HO" aspect of the lanes, of course. :-)

I believe no US jurisdiction has opened any ETLs yet--Maryland is to be the first. There are quite a few HOT lanes around, but no full-time "Express Toll Lanes."

Regardless of what happens with the HOT project, I think anyone who thinks HOV on Shirley Highway is not effective at taking cars off the road should drive down to the Prince William Parkway interchange at lunchtime some weekday afternoon. There is a large park-and-ride facility there. 95% of the cars parked there belong to slugs who parked and got rides from other people. (The same thing is true for the Metrorail, BTW, if you look at how many cars are parked at Vienna, Franconia-Springfield, or Branch Avenue, to name but three--consider how it would be if you then dumped all those cars onto the road as well.)

by Rich on Feb 16, 2011 9:01 am • linkreport

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