Title

GARAGES: THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

Authors

G A. Finstad

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1996

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, infrastructure - bus/tram priority, infrastructure - bus/tram lane, infrastructure - interchange/transfer, land use - planning, policy - parking, organisation - management, mode - rail, mode - mass transit, mode - carpool, mode - car

Keywords

TSM, Transportation systems management, Transportation system management, Transit, Rapid transit facilities, Rail transit facilities, Public transit, Priority lanes, Parking garages, Minneapolis (Minnesota), Mass transit, Local transit, Interstate highways, Intermodal transfer, Integrated systems, Integrated control systems, Incentives, HOV lanes, Highway planning, High occupancy vehicle lanes, Efficiency, Economic efficiency, Diamond lanes, Carpooling, Carpool lanes, Car pooling (Railroads)

Abstract

Garages are a key element in Minneapolis' transportation system success. Three parking garages at a fringe location with direct freeway ingress and egress at Interstate 394 supply 6,000 parking spaces, encouraging carpool and transit use. The garages offer low-cost parking and preferential parking for carpools and vanpools; they serve as an intermodal transfer facility, linking suburbia with downtown; and they intercept trips that would circulate on downtown streets, which would increase traffic congestion and air pollution. This article describes the Interstate 394 Project, including the Third Avenue North Distribution (TAD) Garages. Discussion focuses on the project planning, design elements, improvements in efficiency, implementation, financial aspects, and special features of the project. The article also provides information on improved travel times and travel speeds and the compliance with occupancy requirements in new high occupancy vehicle lanes.