Choices: Express lanes provide motorists with the option of a faster, more dependable trip.
Transit: When transit vehicles choose to take advantage of the express lanes, they will also reap the benefits of faster, more efficient travel resulting in higher ridership and a reduction in the total number of vehicles using general use lanes.
Mobility: All of the benefits mentioned above can be grouped into one overriding theme: increased mobility. Improved operations on the express lanes also have the potential to draw vehicles off parallel routes and improve overall traffic flow in the area.
Environmental Advantages: Reducing stop-and- go traffic lessens pollution and improves air quality.
Revenue Generator: It has been determined that the gas tax is not a sustainable source of revenue for the transportation industry. Express lanes will provide an additional source of revenue to support transportation operation and maintenance for these lanes and potentially other construction projects in the Jacksonville area.
1 Collier, Tina, and Ginger Goodin. Managed Lanes: A Cross-Cutting Study. Tech. no. FHWA-HOP-05-037, 2004.