ATI The Alliance for Traffic Improvement
Seeking cost effective ways to reduce traffic congestion on Oahu
note: Rail proponents reposition our argument:
HOT lanes, or HOTways, are the answer for Honolulu.
You will often hear that building highways does not work as they just keep filling up with cars. That, of course defies common sense, which tells us that if highways expand at the same rate as travel demand then the prevailing congestion rate will stay the same. The TTI annual study says precisely that. READ THEIR FULL STATEMENT.
The U.S. Department of Transportation favors High Occupancy Tolled lanes, usually referred to as HOT lanes, or HOTways. They are limited access highways that are reversible around midday, offering travel into town in the morning and out in the afternoon. Buses and vanpools have priority and go free, and all other vehicles pay a toll. As on the San Diego I-15 tollway, the toll is collected electronically and the toll price is changed every six minutes to ensure that the HOT lanes are full, but free flowing, at all times. In short, HOT lanes are managed highways since the changing price manages the demand for its use.
The U.S Department of Transportation says, "The HOT lane concept combines managed lanes with variable pricing strategies. As a traffic management tool, it has the potential to help increase the efficiency of some of our most congested urban highway lanes, while maintaining superior travel conditions on the managed lanes to serve transit users, high occupant vehicles (HOVs), and other paying motorists." READ IN CONTEXT
We have suggested that such a two-lane reversible highway be built along the same alignment as the proposed rail transit line. The HOTway would begin around Waikele and end at Pier 16 near Hilo Hattie’s and have three or four entrances/exits at each end.
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And the HOTway does not require a tax increase. The proposed reversible express tollway would cost $1.0 billion and would be eligible for the same $500 million federal funding as a rail system. In addition, $200 million would be raised by selling the future stream of tolls; this is a normal procedure for funding tollways. That leaves a net local funding of $300 million, which, over time, can be handled within existing tax collections.
And, while rail will increase operating subsidies by $56 million annually (the 1992 plan called for $45 million and the $57 million allows for inflation), the HOT lanes approach should cost less than $10 million.