HOV reserved lanes in the main access roads of Madrid

Project information

Index: 1129R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location ESPAÑA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID Comunidad de Madrid Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1994

Topic of the practice

Energy and sustainable transport

Good Practice Information

The city hall of Madrid has delimitated stretch of roads where hov-lanes are fit out and indicated the hours during the day in which circulation is allowed only to the vehicles with more than two occupants. DGT (Traffic General Direction) defines and regulates HOV lines through the traffic code.
According to the Regional Transport Consortium, in Madrid area there are more than 10 million daily
trips and, according to IDAE (Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy), more than 75% of urban trips are made by private vehicles with a single occupant.
The main aim of the policy is the reduction of traffic jam and related problems.
Network coverage: motorway A-6, 38 km starting from Madrid.
Needs: information campaigns and control methods.
Financial data: 4,6 million € (total cost).

Evidence of success

Quantitative information, 2004:
Reduction of traffic jam: reduction of 12 minutes in rush hour.
Users affected: 64% of people circulate by Bus- HOV lines and 36% of people circulates by normal lanes.
Rush hour (7-10): Bus-HOV lines: 13131 people per line, normal lanes: 4285 people per lane.
The public transport daily use is doubled in 10 years.
High level of public acceptance.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Traffic General Direction


Annex completed on: 03-20-2014

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