Zipper & HOV Lane Restrictions

Allows use of HOV lanes by all vehicles between the hours of 7:00
a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Interstate Route H-1.  Permits the use of
Zipper Lanes by vehicles carrying two persons during specific
hours.  Permits general use of the zipper lane during an accident
or emergency on the H-1.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that an overwhelming
 2 number of Hawaii residents still believe there is a serious
 3 traffic problem, despite efforts to address it.  Last year, to
 4 improve traffic flow, the Zipper lane was introduced to
 5 complement the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane.  The Zipper
 6 lane has been praised as an ingenious way to temporarily add one
 7 more lane for peak-hour traffic by mechanically moving concrete
 8 barriers.  This same system is also used in Dallas, Boston, San
 9 Diego, and New York.
10      The purpose of this Act is to allow the use of the HOV lane
11 by all vehicles after 7:00 a.m., and to permit the use of Zipper
12 lanes by all vehicles carrying two persons after 7:00 a.m.
13 Allowing this will reduce traffic congestion and improve the
14 overall traffic flow on the State's highways.
15      This Act also provides for the general use of the zipper
16 lane during an accident or emergency on the H-1.  It is only by
17 maximizing the use of all lanes on the H-1 during an accident or
18 emergency that an acute traffic situation can be alleviated. 
19      SECTION 2.  Chapter 291C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is

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 1 amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated
 2 and to read as follows:
 3      "291C-    Zipper lane restrictions.  Zipper lanes shall be
 4 restricted to use by vehicles as follows:
 5      (1)  Between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., vehicles
 6           carrying at least three persons;
 7      (2)  Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., vehicles
 8           carrying at least two persons; and
 9      (3)  During the hours the zipper lane is in use, if an
10           accident or emergency occurs, which is expected to take
11           an hour or more to clear up, then the zipper lane may
12           be used for general use.  The police officer on site
13           shall call the police dispatch, who shall notify the
14           department of transportation, which shall post the
15           appropriate freeway signs, and notify the media." 
16      SECTION 3.  Section 291C-221, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is[A
17 amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted
18 and to read as follows:
19      ""Zipper lane" means a temporary lane created with the use
20 of an installed movable lane divider which may be used as a
21 contra-flow, high occupancy vehicle, through traffic, or
22 unrestricted lane."
23      SECTION 4.  Section 291C-221, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is

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 1 amended by amending the definition of "high occupancy vehicle
 2 lane" to read as follows:
 3      ""High occupancy vehicle lane" means a designated lane of a
 4 laned roadway where the use of the designated lane is restricted
 5 to vehicles carrying at least two persons and to other vehicles
 6 as provided by rules adopted in accordance with chapter 91, or by
 7 county ordinance[.]; provided that between the hours of 7:00 a.m.
 8 and 8:00 a.m., high occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate Route
 9 H-1 may be occupied by any vehicle regardless of the number of
10 persons in the vehicle."
11      SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
12 New statutory material is underscored.
13      SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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