An Oregonian editorial indicated that the HOV lane from Portland to Vancouver is being abused by solo drivers and that most people are not carpooling anyway, especially in this economy when many people are without work. That leaves a lane that is not used in the way it was intended. It also leaves the remaining lanes virtual parking lots during afternoon rush hour. We can't help but think that all those idling cars and trucks are damaging the environment. Are we missing something here? Do statistics show these HOV lanes ARE working even if we can't see it?
According to Oregonian transportation reporter Joseph Rose (heard Monday's on KXL), the compliance rate fell from 92 percent in 2001 to 80 percent in 2007, the latest year made available by state officials.
So if that's the case, will it ever go back up again? If not, isn't it time to open the lane to all drivers until the CRC can come up with a new bridge?
Let us know what you think.
~Rebecca, Steve and the morning crew.
Shortly after this was posted, Dave Thompson with Oregon's Department of Transportation issued the following response to The Oregonian editorial article to KXL reporter Chris Brown:
HOV lanes are typically measured in four ways:
So in three of the four usual measures, this HOV lane fares very well.
But that doesn't satisfy the good people sitting in those two other lanes. I feel their frustration! When they look over to the right, they see (a) an empty lane; and/or (b) people using it who shouldn't be. That's VERY frustrating. And it's natural to think: Hmmm...if two lanes of traffic could use THREE lanes, everyone would move faster!
That's not true in this case, as counter-intuitive as that may seem. While you may get more CARS through, you'll get fewer PEOPLE through. The HOV lane moves many more people than each of the two general-purpose lanes; if you make the HOV lane a general purpose lane, you lose that. You're making it slightly better for the two lanes, but so much worse for the third lane, that the overall effect on the entire system--measured in terms of moving PEOPLE--is worse.
There are three popular reasons for opposing HOV lanes:
Did you send off your kids to school? Were they excited? Nervous? How about you? And if you don't have kids, what is your favorite back to school memory? Mine is definitely back to school shopping and having a brand new outfit for the first day.
Good luck to all the students out there...and to all the parents!
Do you play fantasy football? How much time do you spend at work, or at home, comparing stats, making trades and checking the waiver wire? Not to mention all the time on Sunday spent watching games.
I guess now that I've written this I have to be careful about checking on my team at work! :-) Wish me luck!
2016 List----- The people starting college this fall were born in 1994
*They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to electronics.
*They watch TV everywhere but on TV--They can get their news from YouTube.
*Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, are considered ‘‘American royalty.’’
*Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
*Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone in the God Father.
*They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as ‘‘tapes.’’
*Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction.
2002 List------The people starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.
*They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era, and did not know he had ever been shot.
* They are too young to remember the Space Shuttle Challenger blowing up.
* Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
* They never had a polio shot, and likely, do not know what it is.
* Atari pre-dates them, as do vinyl albums.
* The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
* Star Wars looks very fake to them, and the special effects are pathetic.
* There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta is.
* They cannot fathom what it was like not having a remote control.
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