The comments have been pouring in about HOT lanes. Bloggers want to know whether or not drivers will pay a toll to use them, if they will acutally work and basically how we plan to report our results. You asked, we listened. Soon you will be able to track the progress and results of the HOT lanes Pilot Project on the Web.
Noel Brady, WSDOT HOT lanes web master tells me he plans to post running tallies on toll-prices, average driver speeds, and the number of vehicles using the HOT lanes to the HOT Lanes site on a regular basis. Progress reports will begin as soon as the HOT lanes are open to drivers later this month.
The progress and results will be measured primarily with traffic data available through both the HOT lanes system and our existing roadway monitoring computer system.
We are particularly interested in finding out whether or not HOT lanes can maintain travel time reliability for buses and carpools while offering a reliable trip choice for toll-paying solo drivers. Traffic engineers will also collect collision data on SR 167 to see if shifting more traffic to HOT lanes reduces collisions in the general purpose lanes.
A few co-workers and I are already making bets about how much time drivers will save by cruising the SR 167 HOT lanes. I guess we’ll have to keep checking the Web site to find out.