Express Lanes are reducing congestion and improving mobility in South Florida.
Posted: July 30, 2014
Last modified: January 19, 2017
Did you know that drivers in Fords, Chevrolets, Toyotas, Hondas and Dodges are the most frequent users of Express Lanes? Or that Express Lanes users are overwhelmingly satisfied with the reduction in congestion, improvement in mobility and increase in trip reliability? Variably tolled Express Lanes are already managing congestion in South Florida but are a relatively new concept to Central Florida motorists. Keep reading to learn more about Express Lanes.
Express Lanes Benefit Everyone. People of all income levels use Express Lanes, and a driver’s decision to use the lanes is based on individual needs and traffic conditions — not income. When drivers choose to travel in the Express Lanes, congestion in the general use lanes is reduced as well.
Tolls Aren’t Taxes. Tolls and taxes have a fundamental difference — you have to pay your taxes! Drivers always have the option to stay in the general use lanes or take a different route. Taxes are used to pay for non-toll roads, and tolls are used to pay for the construction and maintenance of that facility.
Higher Toll Rates Do Not Equal Better Service. High toll amounts actually mean more cars are currently using the Express Lanes. When toll amounts are high, Express Lanes operators are trying to discourage drivers from entering the lanes so that drivers have a faster, more predictable trip. Express Lanes are a form of managed lanes, which help manage traffic efficiently.
More General Use Lanes Might Not Improve Mobility. If general use lanes were added under a traditional approach (which could take more than 20 years to complete), demand would far surpass the capacity before the project was complete. Express Lanes help ease congestion, move more people and offer a more reliable trip.
Tolls Help Pay for Our Roadways. America’s interstate system is aging and in need of repair. The 18.4-cent federal gas tax, which has historically funded maintenance and repairs but hasn’t been increased since 1993, is not enough to offset increasingly energy-efficient vehicles. Tolls have proven to be a convenient and fair method of raising revenues to complete much-needed work.