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Analysis of the Feasibility for Conversion of Existing HOV Lanes to HOT Lanes in Tennessee

Primary Investigators:
Dr. Janey Camp (Vanderbilt)
Dr. Deo Chimba (TSU)
Brief Description of Project:
Currently, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Tennessee experience underutilization during peak times and high violation rates. Previous work by Drs. Deo Chimba and Janey Camp showed that current violation rates for the HOV lanes in Middle Tennessee are approximately 80 to 90 percent and typical peak time utilization rates of approximately 15 to 20 percent. Therefore, there is a need for intervention to better utilize the existing drive lanes.  This study will evaluate the potential of converting the HOV lanes in Tennessee to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes as part of TDOT’s managed lane strategies.  Such conversion is anticipated to provide congestion relief, travel time reliability, and sustainability in terms of improving air quality. Furthermore, we seek to develop an understanding of the perceptions and preferences of these stakeholders with regard to HOT lane implementation.

Desired Qualifications: 
Strong written and verbal English skills
Ability to work in teams and also work independently
Interest or experience in conducting surveys, IRB processes, and analyzing survey data
Strong organizational skills
A good understanding of databases (Excel, Access, Oracle and/or SQL would be a plus)
Interest in transportation system research 

Nature of Supervision:
We will have weekly (or more frequent as needed) project meetings with PI and regular calls with broader project team.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
The student will work on assisting with administration and analysis of a public opinion survey about conversion of HOV lanes to HOT lanes for TN.  The survey data will be used to help develop inputs into a model of the systems to inform decisions.
Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Janey Camp
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering