A7−1: Commuter Incentives to Minimize Congestion in Work Zones
Techniques such as incident management and an aggressive lane rental specification are used to preserve existing freeway capacity on Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) projects. To minimize congestion ODOT also implemented demand reduction measures to reduce the number trips made in the corridor during peak commute periods. Demand reduction measures included:
• Providing transit incentives such as free Amtrak commuter rail service.
• Providing carpool incentives such as free carpool parking.
• Implementing guaranteed ride home program.
• Temporarily converting general purpose travel lanes to HOV lanes.
• Increasing transit service coverage and frequency.
• Constructing additional or expanding existing park and ride lots so that transit connections are more convenient.
• Marketing and promoting telecommuting, job−sharing, and employee flextime programs with employers in the affected area.
REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:
In anticipation of traffic congestion resulting from reduced freeway capacity due to highway construction−related impacts, ODOT and local transit providers worked together to implement travel demand reduction measures in order to maintain acceptable levels of service through the work zone.
Benefits include reduced traffic congestion in the work zone and less traffic diverted onto neighborhood streets; attracting drivers from single−occupant vehicles during construction with the additional benefit of retaining some ridership beyond the project completion; and improving air quality due to fewer vehicles in the traffic stream.
MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):
Projects in urban areas with established transit systems in operation would be applicable. Projects on facilities with HOV lanes or general−purpose lanes that could be converted to HOV in locations with established carpool programs in operation can also benefit from commuter incentive programs.
STATE(S) WHERE UTILIZED:
Jeff Graham, Operations Engineer, FHWA Oregon Division Office
Telephone: (503) 587−4727