Zipping Into Town With More Riders On Board

Wednesday - July 23, 2008
By MidWeek Staff
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Central Oahu commuters are reminded that new ZipperLane restrictions are now in effect, requiring a minimum ridership of three people per vehicle in the H-1 ZipperLane and Nimitz contraflow lane from 5:50 to 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.

The change was implemented by the state Department of Transportation to encourage carpooling and relieve traffic congestion on Oahu.

“As more people choose to carpool, it is important to provide them with incentives to continue to do so,” said Brennon Morioka, state DOT director, noting that Hawaii has the highest carpool rate in the country. “Carpooling is one to the fastest and least expensive ways to reduce traffic congestion. This change in the ZipperLane ridership requirement will reward those who choose to carpool by giving them a less-crowded lane to use to get to work.”

The ZipperLane originally required three or more passengers for use when built in 1998. It was changed to two in 2005, and back to three earlier this month.


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