Frequently Asked Questions

Public-private partnerships are critical innovations in transportation infrastructure because there is no such thing as a free road. Road projects can either be financed with tax dollars or with tolls, and public-private partnerships ensure that roads are constructed and maintained far more efficiently than traditional tax dollars allow. Public–private partnerships transfer the risk of future usage of the lanes to the private sector, so if the roadway underperforms, the public is protected.
Managed lanes are unique toll lanes added within existing major roadways to provide extra capacity and handle more traffic volume efficiently. Unlike traditional toll roads, they put drivers in charge of their own travel schedules.

Managed lanes provide a faster, more reliable trip by adjusting the toll rate upward and downward based on congestion with the goal of maintaining a minimum speed in the toll lanes. The toll rate is posted, so the driver is aware of the rate before making a choice to use the managed lanes. As demand increases, the toll rate increases in order to maintain a reliable trip speed within the managed lanes.

Managed lanes, such as value-priced lanes and high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, can improve travel time by as much as 75 percent and reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent, according to the National Roads and Motorists Association.
Managed lanes provide drivers a choice to optimize their daily commutes, such as by carpooling or paying a fee (toll) to use designated highway lanes where traffic is moderated by demand.

Managed lanes can also reduce congestion in general-purpose lanes. For example, traffic decreased by 60 percent in non-tolled lanes along the LBJ Express.

The volume of traffic determines the pricing of value-priced managed lanes. Based on the amount of traffic, managed lane operators, such as Cintra, set the pricing in realtime to optimize traffic flow.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are a critical part of building the roads and infrastructure we need today. With limited public resources, P3s bring new streams of capital to build or restore roads, bridges, tunnels and other transportation infrastructure. P3s allow companies like Cintra to take on the design, finance, construction, operation, and maintenance of an infrastructure project, while the public retains control and ownership at all times.
High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are types of managed lanes. Managed lanes are a set of lanes separated from general-purpose lanes to help manage traffic congestion. HOV lanes are only for cars carrying more than one passenger whereas HOT lanes allow passenger vehicles that do not meet the HOV requirements to pay a fee to use the lane.