LAS VEGAS - A viewer says HOV lane hours are too long and wants to know if NDOT would consider shortening them.
HOV, or high occupancy vehicle, lanes require two people be in the car during specified times. Hours currently run from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Peak travel times in the morning, however, are typically from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Those two five-hour windows of time do seem a bit long. By comparison, Arizona and California set their HOV time frames from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NDOT officials say the reason Las Vegas has longer times is because of our city's tourism trade and 24-hour-a-day culture.
NDOT says the HOV lane restrictions were originally designed to be 24 hours a day, but there was public backlash. Nevada Highway Patrol also had concerns about impeding the ability of emergency vehicles to get to accidents, and trying to enforce HOV lane restrictions around the clock.
NDOT officials selected the times after studying hourly counts of average daily traffic to determine peak periods of congestion when all drivers benefit by more car-pooling and fewer cars on the road.
NDOT plans to review the idea of giving solo drivers more time to use the HOV lanes when traffic may not be heavy.
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