High-Occupancy Toll Lanes: Business Model
You'd be dead wrong. Without transparency on how the pricing is calculated, this encourages:
- The hiring of drivers to interfere with main line traffic. Result? More trips at a higher rate on the HOT lanes.
- Since the road maintenance crews are the same for the HOT lane and main line, it encourages extended, longer, and more inconvenient work on the main line. Especially if the toll road operator shares these with the road maintenance contractors in the form of preferential contracts.
Now of course, I have no proof. Just observations. But it makes one think, just a little, that perhaps the incentives, agreements, and general political sausage (after all, that's how you get to operate a toll road) needs a great deal more daylight.