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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

A Review of HOV Lane Performance and Policy Options in the United States

5. Report Date

December 2008

6.  Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Mark Chang, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.; John Wiegmann, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.; Andrew Smith, HNTB; Claudia Bilotto, HNTB

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

HNTB Corporation
3715 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)


11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
U. S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, D. C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Patrick DeCorla-Souza, FHWA Office of Operations, Office of Transportation Management, Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). The research was performed under contract to Booz Allen Hamilton.

16. Abstract

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. The report includes sketch planning tools for exploring policy alternatives, and is intended for an audience of transportation professionals responsible for planning, designing, funding, operating, enforcing, monitoring, and managing HOV and HOT lanes, and other stakeholders in policy decisions for improving HOV lane and highway mainline operations through conversion to HOT lanes.

17. Key Words

High Occupancy Vehicle, HOV Lane, HOV Enforcement, HOV Facility Enforcement, HOV Facility Design, HOV Planning, HOV Operations, HOT Lane, HOT Lane Policy, HOT Lane Use, HOT Lane Exemptions, HOT Facility Design, HOT Facility Tolling

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)        Reproduction of completed page authorized


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