OGDEN — Public toll roads, reversible lanes, "HOT" lanes and other innovative road-management techniques could be coming to Utah if state lawmakers act on the recommendation of a legislative planning committee.
The Transportation Planning Task Force voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend to the Legislature a short list of methods for "managing lanes."
"I don't think we're saying we're going to use any or all, but just look into them as possible efficiency measures," task force co-chairwoman Rep. Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, said during Wednesday's meeting in the Weber County Commission chambers.
The recommendation comes as the Utah Department of Transportation concludes its yearlong study of managed lanes as a way to maximize the capacity of the state's road system.
UDOT executive director John Njord presented five options for utilizing managed lanes in Utah:
Reversible lanes (during commute hours).
High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.
Cordon pricing (for access to certain city areas).
Panel members were least excited about cordon pricing but agreed to include it as an option and let the Legislature decide whether to pursue that method.
"Some of these, in particular, have great potential, and we need to educate the Legislature on them," said Sen. Carlene Walker, R-Sandy, the task force's other co-chairwoman.
The task force will present this and other recommendations to lawmakers prior to the 2005 Legislature, which begins Jan. 17.