Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2004

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Vancouver, Washington -- An electronic version of the fifth evaluation report for the Washington State Department of Transportations (WSDOT) I-5 Vancouver High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane pilot project is now available online to interested members of the public. The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board will have an opportunity to review the report at their January 4, 2005 meeting. To view and print out copies of the report online, please visit the following RTC Web page link: http://www.rtc.wa.gov/hov/eval/r5Report.pdf.

The results of Evaluation Report #5 are similar to previous reports, with the HOV lane continuing to meet six of the eight operational goals established to gauge the success of the pilot project. Data for Evaluation Report #5 was gathered in April 2004 by transportation consultant Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade and Douglas from Portland, Ore. The draft report was presented to WSDOT for review in October 2004. Data for a sixth evaluation report was gathered in October 2004 and will be released early next year.

The I-5 Vancouver HOV lane pilot project began in October 2001, and was the states first part-time HOV lane. Four evaluation reports were created during its first year of operation, all of which are available on the RTCs Web page (http://www.rtc.wa.gov/hov/evaluation.htm). The four-mile long HOV lane runs along I-5 southbound between NE 99th Street and Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. It is operational on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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For more information:

Chad Hancock, Traffic Operations Engineer
360-905-2242

Jilayne Jordan, Public Information Officer,
360-905-2078

WSDOT Southwest Region
P.O. Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668
360.905.2000 voice
360.905.2098 fax

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