For quite some time now, the carpool lane, also referred to as HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) Lane, has been used in other states like California and Washington. Those using the freeway would see diamond symbols on the ground, which means that any motor vehicle carrying more than one person can use the marked lanes. Nevada is starting to implement this as well through the construction on the new section of U.S. 95. This will be the very first car pool lane on a Nevada highway.
Except for those who frequently travel in various states where car pool lanes are used, many motorists in Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada haven’t used this type of lane before.
Initial Areas to Have Carpool/HOV Lanes
The creation of carpool/HOV lanes is part of the U.S. 95 Widening Project, a major step towards improving traffic congestion in Nevada highways.
The initial project starts at the Lake Mead area to the Spaghetti Bowl. According to project manager John Terry, the implementation of the carpool/HOV lanes is part of a bigger system that is coming. In the near future, the state government looks forward to add carpool lanes to more freeways including the connections between freeways.
Using the Carpool/HOV Lane
The carpool lane is generally located on the left side of the highway. It has white diamond marks all throughout the lane. The idea of a carpool lane encourages lesser number of vehicles in the highway and the lane allows group travelers to have faster trips to their destinations. This lane should move more people in one lane than the general purpose lane: ideally, not more vehicles, but more people. This means that there would be about four general purpose lanes and one carpool lane on each side of the highway. Once completed, the carpool lanes shall be in effect 24 hours a day.
While the widening project of Nevada highways means a faster travel to motorists, people are always cautioned from going too fast in such wider highways. The Nevada Department of Transportation strictly implements the speed limit to avoid the dangers of driving too fast and getting into accidents.
Rules in Using the Carpool/HOV Lane
Carpool lanes in Nevada work slightly different than in other states. Motorists can actually cross the white solid line, so drivers can actually move in and out of the carpool lanes.
Any motor vehicle including cars, motorcycles, light trucks, SUVs, and buses can use the carpool lane except tractor trailers and campers. There must be two or more people inside the vehicle.
When a motorist without any companion or passenger is caught driving in the lane by himself/herself, s/he must pay a fine of $300.
“Carpool Lane 101 For U.S. 95,” 8 New Now.
“HOV Lane Violation Study,” Nevada Traffic Lawyers.
“HOV Lanes,” Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.
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