Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies--Task-Order Support. Dedicating Lanes for Priority or Exclusive Use by CVs and AVs

Converting existing general-purpose highway lanes to more restrictive access for use only by certain vehicles or travelers has been politically unacceptable ever since the disastrous initial attempt to convert a lane of the Santa Monica Freeway to high occupancy vehicle (HOV)-only use 40 years ago. Because connected vehicle (CV) and automated vehicle (AV) systems can work much more effectively and provide much higher lane capacity when the equipped vehicles are clustered in close proximity to each other in the same lane, these technologies provide new motivations to convert lanes from general use to more specialized uses. The issue of dedicated lanes needs to be restudied now in light of these developments, to develop more authoritative estimates of the benefits that could be gained and of the disadvantages to the general purpose road users who would be excluded from those lanes. The objective of this research is to develop guidance on the conditions that appear to be amenable to dedicating lanes for CV/AV users and what policy actions are needed to make this feasible. The deliverables should describe how benefits to CV/AV users in the dedicated lanes and possible dis-benefits to non-users as a function of market penetration could be estimated.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-102(08)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Goldstein, Lawrence

  • Performing Organizations:

    Booz-Allen & Hamilton

    3 Gateway Center, Suite 248N
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15222
  • Principal Investigators:

    Yelchuru, Balaji

  • Start Date: 20160809
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180415
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40155

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  • Accession Number: 01571986
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-102(08)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2015 1:00AM