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High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes

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High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes

HOV laneWhat Are HOV Lanes and Where Are They Located?

HOV lanes are dedicated lanes to be used exclusively by vehicles with two or more people--including buses, carpools and vanpools. HOV lanes are in Las Vegas on U.S. 95 from Ann Road to the Spaghetti Bowl and on I-15 from the Spaghetti Bowl to Silverado Ranch Boulevard. HOV lanes can reduce travel time compared to general-purpose lanes and can move substantially more commuters than general-purpose lanes.

What Are the Benefits of HOV Lanes?

HOV lanes can reduce peak-period travel time compared to general-purpose lanes and can move substantially more commuters than general-purpose lanes. HOV lane users experience less congestion, arriving at their destinations more quickly than those who do not carpool. It also costs less to ride a bus or to share a ride than to drive alone every day. Other benefits include a more reliable commute and less stress. The community also benefits. HOV lanes provide a better use of infrastructure and can serve more people than general-purpose lanes.

What you need to know about the new HOV system:

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HOV Plan

The Nevada Department of Transportation has updated the Southern Nevada High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Plan. The purpose was to update the previous plan (completed in 2007) based on the current conditions in Southern Nevada, including recently completed projects and Project NEON, and use the most recent analysis tools. Implementation of HOV lanes, or carpool lanes, is one method of maintaining mobility in congested freeway corridors. The HOV plan update focused on the near-term HOV system in Southern Nevada, including Project NEON's direct connector between I-15 and US 95 and the conversion of past I-15 express lanes to one HOV lane and one additional general purpose lane. In addition, evaluations and recommendations for the long-term HOV system, direct access ramp locations, and operations of the HOV system were included. The HOV system was evaluated utilizing the Southern Nevada RTC's 2035 Regional Travel Demand Model with the Mode Choice Element.

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