FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/10/2015
COLLIN COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION SUPPORTS OPENING HOV LANES TO REDUCE CONGESTION ON US75
Delegation Proactive in Offering Meaningful Solutions to Expand the Total Capacity for Transportation Along US75 Corridor
PLANO, TX – The Collin County legislative delegation today released a joint statement in support of opening high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to single occupancy vehicles during peak hours and times of other congestion.
"As the elected legislative leaders for Collin County, we remain committed to working to reduce and relieve traffic congestion in North Texas, especially on US75, one of the most congested highways in the State of Texas,” the delegation stated. “In that regard, we are unified in our support of expanding the access to, and usage of, the existing HOV lanes to provide near-term congestion relief, without adding a tolling component. The current HOV lane on US75 is widely regarded as ineffective, a legitimate safety hazard, and a waste of roadway that could be much better utilized. It is our hope that the discussions regarding the future of the HOV lanes continue and that a plan will be developed to adequately and effectively address congestion problems along this stretch of highway, both for the people who are here now, and for those on their way.”
The Collin County legislative delegation consists of Senator Van Taylor and Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Jeff Leach, Scott Sanford, Scott Turner, and Matt Shaheen.
US 75 Traffic Statistics:
• According to a October 29, 2015 study by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, US 75 is the 12th most congested roadway in the state.
• US 75 accounts for 501,265 annual hours of delay per mile.
• The hours of delay per mile create a congestion cost for frequent US 75 users of $108.34, making US 75 congestion the 4th costliest is the state.
• Based on NCTCOG data, significant traffic growth is projected on the US 75 mainlanes.
• NCTCOG Models suggest that existing congestion will increase from an average of 2.5 hours per day to 8-10 hours per day if no transportation improvements are made.
• Northbound US 75 at MidPark averages 54 miles per hour during peak morning hours (6:00am - 9:30am) versus 30 miles per hour during afternoon peak hours (3:30pm - 7:00pm).
• Southbound US 75 at MidPark averages 43 miles per hour during peak morning hours (6:00am - 9:30am) versus 53 miles per hour during afternoon peak hours (3:30pm - 7:00pm).
• Northbound US 75 at Park averages 60 miles per hour during peak morning hours (6:00am - 9:30am) versus 38 miles per hour during afternoon peak hours (3:30pm - 7:00pm).
• Southbound US 75 at Park averages 36 miles per hour during peak morning hours (6:00am - 9:30am) versus 57 miles per hour during afternoon peak hours (3:30pm - 7:00pm).