The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) ended the I-5 Vancouver High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane pilot project on Monday, August 6, 2005. The I-5 HOV lane first opened on October 29, 2001 and consisted of a morning peak period southbound HOV lane from 99th Street to Mill Plain Boulevard. The pilot project also included a comprehensive data collection, monitoring and evaluation process to assess the performance of the HOV lane and the I-5 corridor. The Pilot Project performance was tested against eight goals established for the project. Some of the goals were to: move more people in the HOV lane than the general-purpose travel lanes, improve travel time for HOV and other users, and to increase carpool and transit use.
The original pages for the I-5 HOV Pilot Project -- including the project background, history, news, and the complete set of six evaluation reports -- is archived for browsing.
The purpose of the study was to develop project recommendations along the corridor to improve safety, by reducing weaving, and increase or maintain the levels of service along the section of I-205 between SR 14 and NE 83rd Street. The recommendations include provisions for new access locations and the modification to existing access locations. The Access Point Decision Report was published and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to gain federal approval for these project recommendations.
The original webpages and final report are archived for browsing.
A county-wide study was made to best understand the mobility needs of Skamania County. The study, funded through a grant by the Rural Transit Assistance Program and administered by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, was intended to result in a plan to address current and future Skamania public transportation needs. The study was a response to three major trends affecting Skamania County:
- A significant increase in out-of-county commuting to employment centers
- A significant increase in the elderly and disabled population who are dependent on others for transportation
- Lack of transportation for after-school activities
Oversight of the study was by the Skamania County Transit Feasibility Study Steering Committee made up of county-wide representatives from business, human services agencies, local, regional, and state government.
The original webpages and final report have been archived for browsing.
The Regional Transportation Council (RTC), in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), conducted an operational and feasibility study of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-5 between Clark County, Washington (134th Street), and Portland, Oregon. This was the next step of the Clark County Regional HOV Study, which identified a need to move forward with a more detailed feasibility and operational approach to implementing HOV facilities in the I-5 corridor. The study was charged with developing an HOV option that could be implemented in the corridor without replacing the Interstate Bridge and without the construction of any widening through Delta Park.I-5 HOV Operational Study, Executive Summary
The study overview and executive summary for the I-5 HOV Operational Study have been archived for browsing.
The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of implementing commuter rail service between Vancouver and Portland. It assessed whether commuter rail has the potential to serve as a low cost option to improve bi-state travel mobility between Vancouver and Portland by making more effective use of existing transportation facilities. Commuter rail provides passenger service by shared use of rail tracks with freight operators and other rail users. The study examined critical issues in the implementation of commuter rail and included: schedule reliability, operations, the impact of shared use with freight and inter-city passenger needs, capital and operating costs, and ridership.
The study concluded that, in a five year horizon, moderate levels of commuter rail service could be implemented between Vancouver and Portland with minor rail capacity improvements. It also found that by 2013, any level of commuter rail service would require a dedicated passenger track to accommodate the commuter service and the expected increases in freight and intercity passenger trains. A study overview has been archived for browsing.
High-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes are travel lanes that are dedicated for use by carpools or buses; they are essentially for use by vehicles that carry more than one passenger. An HOV program can improve overall mobility in the most congested parts of our region by increasing the people-moving efficiency and capacity of freeway and arterials. RTC has completed a High Occupancy Vehicle Study that examined transportation corridors, evaluated HOV options, and recommended an HOV system plan for Clark County. A study overview and final report has been archived for browsing.
In 1995, the Vancouver City Council and Clark County Commissioners appointed 30 people to serve as members of the Transportation Futures Committee (TFC). Committee members were asked to represent themselves and were not asked to speak for specific interest groups, organizations or neighborhoods. They were individual citizens who reflected the diversity of the community in regard to transportation issues in Clark County. Read the Executive Summary of the Transportation Futures Committee Report, now, online!