qwaletee wrote:>> We used to use PLR to dissallow them. Now we can restrict them to only HOV vehicles which also disallow them
That's predicated on the HOV restriction setting having an effect on routing. That is not true today, so it is effectively "restriction free."
Sort of, but not really.
Currently, there is no way to indicate what type of vehicle you are in the client. So all vehicles are considered "private vehicles." So currently if you mark a road as restricted to everything but HOV vehicles (what you should do for HOV lanes) you tick the restriction box for "private vehicles" (and trucks, etc.). Restricting "private vehicles" currently does have an effect. The current effect of restricting "private vehicles" is to restrict the road for routing for all vehicles as all vehicles are currently considered private vehicles. This is not restriction free.
So if you keep HOV as unrestricted when you have private vehicles restricted, then the HOV part doesn't currently have an effect, but the private vehicle part does have an effect.
Thus if you set up of HOV lanes properly with time/vehicle restrictions, then all vehicles will be prohibited from the HOV lanes during the times that the HOV restrictions are in place. This is a distinct advantage over using parking lot roads for HOV restrictions that are not in place all the time. As with the restrictions waze will route over the HOV lanes when the restrictions are not applicable. With parking lot roads, the HOV lanes will never be routed on.
I think the proposed guidelines need to be written with the idea that "private vehicle" restrictions are currently effective.
qwaletee wrote:Right now, we're treating HOT and HOV lanes the same.
We are not treating HOT and HOV lanes the same in the DC area at this point. HOT lanes are currently treated the same as any toll road in the DC area. That way those that want to use the HOT lanes can be routed over them and those that don't can turn on "Avoid toll roads." Of course that is a problem for those that want to be routed over other other toll roads as discussed above, but there is no support for being able to choose which tolls you are willing to pay and which you aren't. (As users in the DC area don't have to cross a river or bay with all the crossings tolled this is less of a problem here.)
If we treated HOT and HOV lanes the same, then we would be restricting them from all use at this point. There is not much reason to do that here in the DC area when we can make it work for those who are willing to pay the tolls.