This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Critics of the state’s HOT lanes on state Route 167 see them as elitist, a way for wealthier commuters to buy themselves a way out of congestion.
Turns out, they are only half right. Data from the lanes’ first two years of operation suggest that toll-lane users are indeed getting where they need to be quicker. But everyone else on Route 167 is, too.
Traffic in Route 167’s regular lanes is moving on average 11 percent faster, even at a time when volumes have ticked up 2 to 3 percent.
Meanwhile, drivers are putting Route 167’s carpool lanes to better use. Once underutilized even during peak times, the HOT lanes now carry 12 percent more vehicles – with no corresponding drag on speed.