Regulated Lanes Could Ease Traffic Burden

AtlantaFreeways Georgia will undertake an experiment to see if managed lane use on highways could ease traffic burdens, especially around traffic-dense Atlanta. Spearheading the study is a Georgia Tech professor of civil and environmental engineering, Randall Guensler, who cites congestion pricing and lane fees as two ways to facilitate better driving behavior and improve traffic flow.

Congestion pricing is an idea that’s been around for a while. The idea is to charge for the use of certain roads during peak hours to decrease the number of vehicles per hour. Limited-access lanes, on the other hand, are less-congested traffic lanes that promise to get you to your destination faster — for a price. The idea is that drivers in a hurry will pay to use the more open lanes, removing their negative, traffic-causing behavior from regular lanes.

In fact, Guensler thinks his research — part of which uses 470 area households in controlled driving studies that focus on day-to-day driving habits — will show that lane management is a more useful and cost-effective tool in reducing congestion than adding lanes through construction.

Georgia Manages Lane Use to Improve Highway Efficiency (Autopia)

By Stephen Markley | February 18, 2009 | Comments (8)
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Comments 

freethinker

Removing existing lanes from circulation to convert them to paid worsens traffic in the remaining lanes.

K2

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, learned a lesson about "Congestion pricing". He inacted it and it cost him his job. No politican will support this when it's all done and said regardless of the results.

DL

Boston is supposedly a sort of mecca of higher learning, with MIT here being one of the world's top engineering institutions. why do i not see much civil engineering efforts here, for better or for worse? i'm sure city planning wasn't big back in the 1600's, but the idiotic street layout and lack of better infrastructure is just pathetic. at least Atlanta is doing something to try to change.

johnnyt

this doesn't work in london, and it won't work here. any politician that green-lights this better be looking for a new career.

TJ

Didn't Obama-God put $100B in the tax-payer funded stimulus bill to build new highways for all of his donors? I'm confident some of them reside in Atlanta.

tl

TJ,

The report was to NOT build new highways: "lane management is a more useful and cost-effective tool in reducing congestion than adding lanes through construction."

TL

Typo

TL I think the poster TJ was being feciscious.

Six

I already paid for the roads - I'm a taxpayer - why should I lose lanes on the roads I pay for to rich people who can afford to bypass rush hour every day?

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