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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #5941
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HOV lanes are usually not very utilized here in the Hartford area. Both I-91 north of the city, and I-84 east of it have HOV lanes for significant sections. I did notice that they are used heavily by buses though, to deal with the traffic during the rush hour.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #5942
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HOV lanes are rare to nonexistent in the Midwest.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #5943
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I-696 sometimes jokingly referred to the Detroit's Autobahn due to the seemingly lack of speed limits by drivers

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I have to agree with that. I was doing 130kmh (80 mph) in the left lane during rush hour, with less than a car length in front and behind. It was insane, and I thought the 401 people drove fast in heavy traffic.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #5944
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Some areas have HOV restrictions only during rush hour.
Yes, I noticed some do. Minneapolis has HOT lanes, and they are closed outside rush hour.

However, there are no hour restrictions here.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #5945
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Yes, I noticed some do. Minneapolis has HOT lanes, and they are closed outside rush hour.

However, there are no hour restrictions here.
DC HOV lanes, most notably (IIRC) interstate 95, are in the center of the highway and reversible. In the morning they're going into the city, and in the afternoon they go the opposite way. At noon and midnight the gates close and police check it to make sure the lanes are entirely empty, before changing directions.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 12:19 AM   #5946
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I have to agree with that. I was doing 130kmh (80 mph) in the left lane during rush hour, with less than a car length in front and behind. It was insane, and I thought the 401 people drove fast in heavy traffic.
Yeah Metro Detroit has pefected the bumper to bumper and 80 mph rush hour
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Old August 13th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #5947
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I think the reason HOV is working in the US is that there is a lack of public transport. HOV probably substitutes that. HOV never worked in Europe, a trial in the Netherlands was a major flop.
Exactly. Here in Austin it's either a 5 hour walk or a 15 minute drive to work for me....or a taxi which is a ridiculous option financially.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 03:48 AM   #5948
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HOV lanes are rare to nonexistent in the Midwest.

Oddly enough, I've seen them in Memphis, of all places... Coming down I-55 in the far south of the city headed toward Mississippi
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:22 AM   #5949
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LA is probably going to have the most extensive HOV network anywhere soon. They keep building new ones along with those sexy HOV to HOV flyovers.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:37 AM   #5950
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The whole HOV/HOT/Toll Road concept is one of the things that Houston gets right. The toll roads are separate from the freeways, but run parallel to them, so you have a choice of paying to use them, or to go slower on the regular interstate.

The toll roads are private property (owned by the Harris County Toll Road Authority) so they can have higher speed limits than the interstates (and once did when the state limit was lower).

But I think the parallelism is the most important part. Unlike in other cities where you MUST pay a toll to use a road that you've already paid for with your tax dollars, in Houston you can CHOOSE to pay a little extra to go faster.

I am philisophically opposed to mandatory tolls (except on bridges and tunnels and such). The Civil War wasn't only about slavery. It was also about a whole host of economic issues. One of them was how to develop the nation's transportation infrastructure.

The southern states believed in a system of private toll roads connectiting cities. The northern states believed in a free federal road system to promote commerce. The North won the war, but we're rapidly slipping back into the Southern mode of thinking.

Poets and musicians used to write about the freedom of the open road in America. There's not too much free about it anymore.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 11:52 AM   #5951
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A cool night video of I-110 in Los Angeles. You can see a double HOV-lane here, I believe that's quite a rare feature.

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Old August 15th, 2010, 01:40 PM   #5952
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You mean the top viaduct? Thats a bus lane , form what i heard its also designed badly....
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You didn't watch the video, did you?
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Old August 15th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #5954
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You didn't watch the video, did you?
I did and i know about the Harbor Transitway.......
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Old August 15th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #5955
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Oddly enough, I've seen them in Memphis, of all places... Coming down I-55 in the far south of the city headed toward Mississippi
Memphis is not the Midwest.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #5956
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Memphis is not the Midwest.

This is true, and I know this. But it's also not LA, Texas, Atlanta, or a sun-belt boom city where you normally see highways with HOV lanes...

I was simply trying to point out that I was suprised to see them there.
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Then there are those that would even argue that Memphis isn't even the South, but rather the Mid-South...
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Old August 16th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #5958
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That's heading eastbound out of Seattle, WA.

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What WSDOT is doing is adding HOV lanes to the outer roadway. The original configuration was:

[3 Westbound GP lanes] [Median] [2 reversible HOV lanes] [Median] [3 Eastbound GP lanes]

With light rail now being built for the corridor, the center reversible lanes will be converted to light rail tracks while one HOV lane will be added to each direction. So the number of lanes are maintained, and HOV service is more consistent (as opposed to Eastbound having HOV while Westbound doesn't). So the future configuration will be:

[3 WB GP lanes + 1 HOV lane] [Median] [Light Rail] [Median] [3 EB GP lanes + 1 HOV lane]
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A cool night video of I-110 in Los Angeles. You can see a double HOV-lane here, I believe that's quite a rare feature.

That was a great video! Downtown LA looks nice at night.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 04:28 AM   #5960
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