Congestion is completely removed from a metered road length, so get 90 percent of drivers to jump the entry queues with very low tolls. This causes slightly greater delay for ten percent of drivers left in the (free) queue, encourages mode change and shortens queues.
Metering traffic entering a road length to 90 percent capacity achieves ideal speed for all traffic, and two phase intersections get maximum use out of the road asset.
The public wants to see value, appreciates a choice, prefers paying for service rather than revenue raising and needs a simple explanation for reasonable actions. Express service must be offered to the vast majority, at a variable price, set low to attract 90 percent of vehicles, thereby providing service and also reducing queue size.
Toll price and queue delay need to be posted 24/7 including zero delay and zero toll. Having two options: express and queued, allows choice and the queued delay will usually be less than existing delay.
Traffic will vary and the priority will be to clear all express traffic each signal cycle with the variation most pronounced in the free queue. The system is stable because noticeable delays to the free queue will create mode shift.
Does queue jumping help to reduce traffic congestion
Buses already jump the queue. Variable tolls are widely used, for example on I-15 HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes, on normal commute days, the toll ranges between 0.50 and 4 US dollars, but can be raised to 8 US dollars in severe congestion. Most vehicles have electronic tags. With capacity increasing from metering and two phase intersections, queues will be smaller than now.
Congestion is a poor choice by local road authorities and they should consider taking a more positive role in traffic operation.
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