Are Express Lanes Too Popular?

PBS NewsHour explores managed lanes and reports that “as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.” The report adds, “To Chris Tomlinson, who heads Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority, it’s obvious what makes the express lanes appealing to solo drivers. ‘They have a more consistent trip. It’s still congested, but they can predict their time better than in the regular lanes,’ he said. ‘Even though they pay a price to use the lane, it tends to travel better than general-purpose lanes next to them.’” The article looks at data from Atlanta, South Florida and California.