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TxDOT 75 Response to Collin

TxDOT 75 Response to Collin

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TxDOT officials respond to complaints from Collin County about turning Central Expressway's carpool lanes into tolled lanes.
TxDOT officials respond to complaints from Collin County about turning Central Expressway's carpool lanes into tolled lanes.

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The Honorable Craig Estes The Honorable Ken Paxton The Honorable Jodie Laubenberg The Honorable Jeff Leach The Honorable Scott Sanford The Honorable Van Taylor Dear Elected Officials: July 24, 2014 The Honorable Scott Turner The Honorable Chris Hill The Honorable Mark Reid The Honorable Duncan Webb The Honorable Cheryl Williams The Honorable Keith Self In reference to your letter dated July
9
2014 expressing your views on the proposed
US
Highway
75
(US 75) Express/High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane implementation project.
e
appreciate your concerns and interest
in
this important issue. The Texas Department
of
Transportation (TxDOT) is developing this project
as
part
of
a region-wide effort to provide toll managed or express/HOV lanes on our most congested corridors, offering greater travel time reliability and improved air quality. This region-wide plan was developed through an extensive public involvement process led by the region s metropolitan planning organization, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Regional Transportation Council. The US
75
Express/HOV lane implementation project is intended to increase the efficiency
of
the existing HOV lane by using its excess capacity at a minimal construction cost, and to integrate
it
more seamlessly with the
LBJ
Freeway Toll Managed Lanes currently under construction west
of
US
75. This would
be
accomplished by offering Single-Occupant Vehicles (SOVs) the option
to
use the HOV lanes for a toll. The project
is
consistent with the NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council s
Mobility 2035
-
2013 Update: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas
It is important
to
note that all stakeholders previously reached agreement during the development
of
this project and that this project does not involve tolling the existing general purpose lanes. Offering SOVs the option
to
use the HOV lane for a toll will allow more effective management
of
traffic
on
the Express/HOV lane, and will provide a more reliable trip while continuing to allow HOVs to travel these lanes at
no
cost.
In
addition, appropriate space has been provided
in
the design phase
of
the lanes to safely enforce the operation
of
the Express/HOV lanes. Converting the existing HOV lane into a general purpose lane
as
you suggested would require adding inside shoulders to the freeway and significantly widening the freeway along the corridor.
In
addition to affecting regional conformity with federal air quality requirements and

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