Orange County Transit District directors agreed Monday to seek bids on a $1.3-million study to examine options for bus and car pool lanes along the county's busiest freeway segments.
But the board decided against proceeding with other measures to begin implementing the new commuter lanes to make sure that the program fits in with transportation improvements planned for other areas of Orange County and that adequate funds are available.
A preliminary review of the potential for so-called High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes shows they could save significant amounts of travel time for some commuters. Moreover, they probably could be built with the money Orange County expects to have available during the next 20 years, the report said.
Transit officials envision a network of commuter lanes--lanes along existing freeways striped off for buses and carpools--and transitways, or lanes restricted by barriers, on-ramps and off-ramps for high occupancy vehicle lanes, either within existing freeway medians or elevated above the normal level of traffic.