Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Press Release

April 25, 2002

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Vancouver, Washington -- Results of the second post-opening data collection effort regarding the Vancouver HOV Lane are available to interested parties announced the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). A draft version of the Vancouver HOV Lane Pilot Project Evaluation Report #2 is available by contacting WSDOT Communications Manager Theresa Weil at 360.906.2058. Late next week the finalized report will be available on the Vancouver HOV Lane Web site.

The information included in the reports speaks directly to eight previously identified goals for the Vancouver HOV Lane.

Located on southbound I-5 between 99th Street and Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, the HOV lane is a yearlong pilot project that began in October 2001. Throughout the test period, it will be monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis according to established traffic engineering standards and specific success indicators such as usage, travel time, violation rate and public opinion. Because this information will be the basis for future decisions regarding the Vancouver HOV Lane, WSDOT is committed to collecting accurate and sufficient data.

As congestion continues to grow in Southwest Washington, the community has asked WSDOT to find ways to maximize the capacity of existing freeways. Through an extensive planning and public involvement effort led by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, the HOV lane was identified as a possible affordable and efficient way to keep people moving on I-5 now and in the future.

The Vancouver HOV Lane is the initial phase of a bi-state plan that includes a southbound lane in Oregon during the morning commute. Future extension would be in conjunction with the I-5 widening in Delta Park and additional river-crossing capacity that are currently under discussion.

For more information regarding the pilot project, please visit the Vancouver HOV Lane website at


For more information:

Theresa Weil, Communications Manager
WSDOT Southwest Region
P.O. Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668-1709
360.905.2058 voice
360.806.3625 pager

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