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The Valley Freeway recently made way for high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, a pilot project provided through the Washington State Department of Transportation.
HOT lanes allow solo drivers to pay an electronic toll to use carpool lanes previously reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants along a section of State Route 167, between Auburn and Renton. Toll rates will fluctuate based on congestion factors, including time of day, traffic volumes and traffic flow.
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. peak morning commute by the numbers (total 381 tolling transactions:
Toll transactions: 349
Percentage of toll payers in HOT lane: 11 percent
HOT lane volume: 3,470 vehicles
General purpose lane volume: 16,090 vehicles
Average GP lane travel time: 17 minutes
Average HOT lane travel time: 11 minutes
Average time saved: 6 min.
Average toll paid: $1.05
Highest toll displayed: $2.25
Highest toll paid: $2.25
Tolling transactions: 32
HOT lane volume: 844 vehicles
General purpose lane volume: 11,687 vehicles
Average GP lane travel time:
Average HOT lane travel time: 7 minutes.
Average time saved: 1 minute
Average toll paid: 60 cents
Highest toll paid: $1
View the SR 167 HOT Lanes
Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/HOTLanes.