The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority and HART awarded $800,000 grant to conduct a study assessing the benefits and costs of a Bus Toll Lane Network in the Tampa region

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The lanes would also be price managed.  That means the rate a driver pays will be fixed when the vehicle passes the first tolling point, and would be determined by the level of congestion.  The driver will know what the rate is at the point where the driver is deciding whether or not to use such lanes. And prices could certainly vary.

According to the Expressway Authority (who will work with HART) the study will "identify a sample set of corridors where BTL may be implemented and also provide initial estimates of the social and economic benefits of the program."

Susan Chrzan with the Expressway Authority says that TBARTA has about 235 managed lanes in their 2035 transportation plan, and "we could be a part of that."

According to the Brookings Institute, congestion prices on our roads would help reduce economic costs and guide transportation investment resources, because they reflect the economic costs of congestion, including productivity losses from traffic delays, increased accidents, higher emissions, and more.

That's where the concept of managed lanes come into play, and this morning, the Tampa/Hillsborough County Expressway Authority announced that they had received an $800,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study to assess the benefits and costs of a Bus Toll Lane (BTL) Network in the Tampa region as a way to ease roadway congestion.

Susan Chrzan is a spokeswoman for the Expressway Authority.  She said what would make this feature unique compared to other managed lanes around the rest of the country is that it would also generate a new source of revenue for transit agencies in the area.

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