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12th International HOV Systems Conference: Improving Mobility and Accessibility with Managed Lanes, Pricing, and BRT

Conference Proceedings


William Finger, City of Charlotte, Presiding

The Lincoln Tunnel Exclusive Bus Lane: The Nation's Most Productive Managed Lane

Mark Muriello, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Mark Muriello discussed the Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) in New York City. He described the tunnels and bridges operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the operation of the Lincoln Tunnel, and the XBL. He also highlighted recent studies examining options for enhancing operation of the tunnel and increasing capacity.

The Evolution of Houston's Express Bus System

Jeff Arndt, Texas Transportation Institute

Jeff Arndt discussed the evolution of the express bus services in Houston associated with the development of the HOV lanes. He described the initial bus services operated with the I-45 contraflow HOV lane demonstration project, the implementation of more extensive services as the HOV lane system developed, and the integrated bus system in operation today.

Bus Rapid Transit Studies in the State of Maryland

Robert Boot, Jr., Parsons Brinckerhoff

Robert Boot discussed BRT studies and projects in Maryland. He described the main characteristics of BRT, summarized current BRT studies and projects in Maryland, and identified potential issues with implementing BRT.

Virtual Exclusive Busways (VEBs)

Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

Robert Poole described the virtual exclusive busway concept. He reviewed the early development of HOV lanes, which included a major focus on buses. He discussed how managed lanes and pricing can provide a virtual exclusive busway. He recognized the assistance of Ted Balaker of the Reason Foundation with the study and the presentation.

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