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What's New

  • Ramp Metering: A Proven, Cost-Effective Operational Strategy—A Primer - This primer (HTML, PDF 4.8MB) poses ramp metering as a potential tool to address commonly occurring congestion and safety issues. Despite initial opposition and skepticism from various stakeholders, ramp metering has been deployed, sustained, and even expanded in many regions. This primer incorporates recent research on challenges agencies experience during their attempts to deploy or expand ramp metering in their regions. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-020) - January 15, 2015
  • Ramp Metering: A Proven, Effective Strategy - This Informational Brief (HTML, PDF 1.9MB) highlights ramp metering as a proven, effective strategy for reducing congestion and improving safety. The Brief covers at a high-level the benefits of ramp metering, status of ramp metering deployment in the U.S., keys for successful deployment and operation, and resources for more information. This Brief is a companion to the Ramp Metering Primer, which covers much of the same information as the Brief but in more detail. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-021) - January 15, 2015
  • Impact of Exempt Vehicles on Managed Lanes - This report (HTML, PDF 2.4MB) examines programs in use by states allowing low-emission and energy efficient vehicles to use HOV, HOT, and managed lanes without meeting the vehicle-occupancy requirements. Information is presented on the enabling legislation, the program elements, use of the programs, and impacts of the HOV, HOT, and managed lanes in 13 states. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-006) - February 12, 2014
  • Role of Transportation Management Centers in Emergency Operations Guidebook - The purpose of this Guidebook (HTML, PDF 3.1MB) is to increase communication, collaboration, and cooperation among Transportation Management Centers (TMC) and emergency response agencies so they can effectively respond to a variety of situations ranging from a localized traffic incident to major regional events such as hurricane evacuations.
  • National Road Pricing Conference - The conference was held on June 2-4, 2010 in Houston, Texas. The conference brought together transportation policy makers and practitioners who are interested in pursuing pricing projects in their communities. Included within this report are conference proceedings providing a description of the panel presentations and discussions. - July 6, 2011
  • Efficient Use of Highway Capacity Summary (HTML, PDF 4.6MB) - This report was developed to summarize the implementation of safety shoulders as travel lanes as a method to increase the efficient use of highway capacity. Its purpose is to provide a succinct overview of efforts to use left or right shoulder lanes as temporary or interim travel lanes. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-10-023) - January 2011
  • Synthesis of Active Traffic Management Experiences in Europe and the United States (HTML, PDF 1.3MB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-10-031) - October 1, 2010
  • 2010 Traffic Incident Management Handbook (HTML, PDF 1.5MB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-10-013) - July 15, 2010
  • 13th International HOV/HOT Systems Conference: Partnerships for Innovation - Conference Proceedings (HTML, PDF 550KB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-10-008) - April 7, 2010
  • A Domestic Scan of Congestion Pricing and Managed Lanes (HTML, PDF 535KB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HEP-09-044) - February 23, 2010
  • Policy Options Evaluation Tool for Managed Lanes (POET-ML) Users Guide and Methodology Description (HTML, PDF 1.7MB) - Intended for an audience of transportation professionals responsible for planning, designing, funding, operating, enforcing, monitoring, and managing HOV and HOT lanes, and considering conversion of HOV to HOT lanes. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-09-031) - August 5, 2009
  • A Review of HOV Lane Performance and Policy Options in the United States - Final Report (HTML, PDF 2.4MB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-09-029) - The report provides an assessment of performance of existing HOV lane facilities in the United States, and explores policy alternatives and effects related to conversion of existing HOV lanes to HOT lane operations. - July 27, 2009
  • A Compendium of Existing HOV Lane Facilities in the United States (HTML, PDF 2.1MB) (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-09-030) - The compendium provides an assembly of available information on existing HOV lane facilities in the United States. - July 27, 2009
  • Considerations for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lane Conversions Guidebook Now Available - The intent of this study is to explore the planning, design, and ongoing operation and maintenance of HOT facilities and to provide lessons learned and applicable technical guidance that will assist the state and local transportation planners and designers in determining the conditions where HOV conversion to HOT lanes is feasible. The Considerations for HOV Lane to HOT Lane Conversions Guidebook provides a summary of the best practices and lessons learned from those HOT facilities currently in operation. - June 30, 2009
  • Federal-Aid Highway Program Guidance on High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes - On August 12, the Office of Transportation Management issued the "Federal-Aid Highway Program Guidance on High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes," which supersedes the previous version published on March 28, 2001. The updated program guidance clarifies some operational issues and explains requirements set forth in the Federal statute. The purpose of this document is to provide information useful to States as they plan, design, operate, and manage HOV facilities. This document also presents examples of how various metropolitan areas have approached the implementation of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. For more information, please contact Ms. Jessie Yung at (202) 366-4672 or - August 13, 2008
  • The managed lanes Resource CD Toolbox "Moving Forward with Managed Lane," is now available (FHWA-HOP-07-030). This toolbox includes a 10-minute video on an overview of managed lanes concept including highlights of real world applications. - July 23, 2007.
  • On June 13, 2007, the Office of Operations, in partnership with the National Transportation Operations Coalition hosted a web cast that provided information about High Occupancy/Toll Lanes. Read More - July 10, 2007
  • Freeway Management and Operations Handbook Updated - The handbook was developed in September 2003, and has since been updated to reflect current state of practice. Updates to this handbook were coordinated by the TRB Freeway Operations Committee Task Force. See Revision History for more information. - March 22, 2007
  • New Publication: "Ramp Management and Control Handbook" Now Available - This handbook provides guidance and recommended practices on managing and controlling traffic on ramps with freeway facilities. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-06-001)

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