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HOV Lanes on major streets and highways

Dedicate one lane of major streets and highways to High-occupancy vehicles to let buses, carpools, etc. move faster than other traffic

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Imagine being stuck in traffic in your car by yourself and watching buses, vanpools and carpools slide by you in their own lane.  Wouldn't you want to join them?  When commuting by bus or carpool is faster than driving alone, people will switch. When more people travel together, traffic is lighter.   When buses can move faster than traffic, more people will ride them, increasing demand, making the system more cost effective and supporting more routes and frequency.  When carpools are given priority, people will figure out a way to do it on their own, without complex and expensive public services.  Car-sharing services and private buses, such as services that take kids to school, could also use the lanes.    Either the right lane or left lane of major streets and highways could be dedicated to HOV.  Other cities have done it.  Miami's wide streets, like 8th Street and Bird Road, could well dedicate one lane to relieving traffic during rush hour.  HOV lanes are more equitable than toll lanes because they do not require those who use them to pay more. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Commuters will use it for the most part. East-bound and North-bound traffic in the morning uses the FL Turnpike, Palmetto Expressway, Don Shula Expressway, Okeechobee Road, Coral Way, Bird Road and Kendall Drive. All could dedicate one lane to HOV during the morning rush.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I have no organization. This is an idea that other cities have piloted. I propose doing a report on their experience and best practices.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would do research on how HOV lanes have worked in other cities, travel there and speak with planners and engineers involved. I would assemble best practices from their experience, then speak with local planners and engineers in Miami to understand how our situation is similar or different than other cities.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success would be a well- researched presentation to the Miami-Dade County Commission and Metropolitan and Transportation Planning Organizations describing how HOV lanes might work in Miami.

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Hello Matteo,
Government (City, County or State depending on the road) would have to act to implement HOV lanes. My role would be to provide information on other cities' experience and to advocate.

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