Do HOT Lanes Reduce Congestion or Raise Revenue (or both)?


Why Are HOT Lanes Struggling to Make Money?(Eric Jaffe, The Atlantic, Jun. 24, 2013)

Also discussed here: Where Are My Cars: SR-167 HOT Lanes –Revenue has fallen far short of expectations(Sightline, Clark Williams-Derry, May 21, 2013)

Today we review an article on how to implement HOT lanes to reduce congestion and raise revenue, a “hot” item in Ontario because of the recent decision to implement them in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and, after a year, extend them to the remaining 400 series of highways across Ontario (notably to the Queensway that bisects the City of Ottawa as the 401 bisects the City of Toronto). The author notes that experience in several states in the US show that both the traffic flow and revenue are much less than even the lowest scenario planned. The solution seems to in deciding on prime objective: either to raise revenue or reduce congestion but not both, at east until drivers get used to optimizing their experience with tolls so that they save time at the appropriate price, noting that the dynamic toll amount does not always direct link with congestion levels for drivers deciding whether to use a HOT lane or not.

HOT revenue lanes

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