Managed Lanes on Arterials Workshops 

The STRIDE Center funded two workshops on managed lanes held on October 19th and 20th that were based on results from a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) study titled Deployment Strategies of Managed Lanes on Arterials (BDV32-977-01). The workshops were held at the FDOT District 6 auditorium in Miami and at the Mike Rippe Auditorium in Bartow, Fla.

Attendees included personnel from the FDOT District 6 (Miami) and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise who learned about the benefits of using managed lanes on arterials to improve road network efficiency. The workshops were taught by UF faculty members Dr. Yafeng Yin, professor of civil engineering and Dr. Toi Lawphongpanich, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering.

“The objective of the workshops were to disseminate results from our study on extending the managed-lane concept to arterials and also solicit opinions regarding managed lanes on arterials from FDOT personnel and those from metropolitan planning organizations," Yin said. "As we are planning a proof-of-concept study, we also tried to obtain suggestions for the study site."

Workshop attendees were asked to provide locations for conducting a proof of concept study, which will use computer simulation to measure the benefits and costs of these types of lanes on Florida's arterials.

During the managed lanes deployment strategies project, Yin and Lawphongpanich studied various types of managed lanes appropriate for use in Florida and made recommendations for the appropriate tools to use for evaluating performance. They also looked at how to best coordinate deployment and operations of these lanes on freeways and arterials. 

The researchers found that high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, high-occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes, express-toll (ET) lanes, and bus-only lanes are suitable for implementation on Florida’s arterials. Their final report provides details on design, financing and implementation of managed lanes, including various traffic management strategies, and can be found here:  http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/54000/54900/54902/FDOT-BDV32-977-01-rpt.pdf

For more information on this study, including results from the workshop, contact:

Yafeng Yin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
Director, Transportation Research Center
University of Florida
Tel: (352) 294-7805
Email: yafeng@ufl.edu

Siriphong “Toi” Lawphongpanich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Florida
Tel: (352) 392-1464, Ext. 2015
Email: lawphong@ise.ufl.edu