The U. S. Highway Administration says it won't act on a demand from Southern California smog regulators to restrict a new eastbound lane on the Ventura Freeway to car pools and buses.
A federal official said Tuesday that the highway agency will send the demand for a "diamond lane," reserved for vehicles with at least one passenger, to state transportation officials.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District sent a letter a month ago to federal highway officials demanding that funds be withheld from the upcoming widening of the freeway if the state Department of Transportation goes through with plans to open the eastbound lane to all traffic.
Application Not Finished
Glenn Clinton, the highway administration's district director, said that a reply to be sent this week tells the air quality board of directors that it acted prematurely because Caltrans has not completed its application for federal funds.