I welcome your editorial about the Costa Mesa Freeway, which appeared just three months after the opening of the express lane on the 91 (Artesia) freeway.
I've been in many ride pools during the past 10 years and have always felt that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The new express lane is like the frosting on the cake. I will become very disappointed and discouraged if, in fact, this additional lane becomes another clogged-up lane on the freeway. The California Department of Transportation will have no alternative but to open up the extra lane if car or van pooling does not increase significantly.
One way to get maximum participation is to have all commuters call Commuter Computer and register with them.
I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't give up just a little personal freedom in order to get to and from work a little sooner--and a little saner.
After being part of the herd for the past 10 years, I and my fellow car poolers are ecstatic over the use of the express lane during the peak rush hours. We do not want the lane just for ourselves.