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February 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ford Motor Co. had some good news for California drivers Thursday: Its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid had been approved for use in the state's carpool lanes. The Fusion plug-in is the third Ford vehicle currently sold that is eligible for the much-coveted HOV sticker, which allows owners to use their cars in the carpool lanes with only a single passenger. Ford's all-electric Focus EV and it C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid are also eligible for the stickers. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker said it's one of only two companies offering three vehicles that are HOV eligible.
August 31, 2010 | Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure Monday allowing tens of thousands more Californians with environmentally friendly cars to drive solo in carpool lanes, while state lawmakers moved closer to approving reforms inspired by the eye-popping salaries of Bell city officials. Among the measures meant to crack down on abuse of public trust by government officials are three bills passed by the Senate that would limit how quickly local leaders can raise their own salaries, put a cap on their pensions and refund excess property taxes charged to Bell residents.
May 16, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Life in the fast lane is coming to an end for hybrid drivers. After a six-year run, the yellow stickers that allow owners of about 85,000 older hybrid vehicles to drive solo in carpool lanes are expiring July 1 — this time for good. The day of reckoning has been postponed twice before, but now that hybrids are popular and the carpool lanes are getting jammed, the Department of Motor Vehicles said there won't be any additional extensions. "It's done," said Jaime Garza, a DMV spokesman.
Only Southern California would mark the opening of congestion-clearing carpool lanes with a traffic-stopping parade of classic cars. That is precisely what transportation officials did Thursday to celebrate the long-awaited closure of a six-mile gap in the San Diego Freeway carpool lanes between the Harbor and Long Beach freeways, creating the longest stretch of continuous carpool lanes in Southern California--59.5 miles, from Los Angeles International Airport to San Juan Capistrano.
November 2, 1999
Re "When It's Built, Will Car-Poolers Come?" (Oct. 11): This article neglected an important part of the subject. I am a professional tour guide. Millions of people come to Los Angeles to visit places like Hollywood, Beverly Hills stars' homes, amusement parks and many other attractions. Many of these tourists have complained about the horrible traffic here, as they sit on tour buses being taken to the sites. However, upon being taken onto the carpool lanes, they speak very highly of our system because the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes get them around faster and they get to see more on their tours.
March 22, 1998
Re "Car-Poolers Signal a Liking for Slow Lane," Feb. 9: I was appalled at Wayne King's revelation on why we Orange County drivers choose not to use the carpool lanes. I am assuming he speaks for the rest of Drivers for Highway Safety when he claims we Orange County drivers are simply "stupid." I guess King hasn't ever been stuck in the carpool lane for several miles behind an early model car while the rest of traffic is zipping by. As he may or may not know, most of Orange County's carpool lanes have only one lane.
Dear Traffic Talk: Caltrans spent a small fortune constructing carpool lanes on the Simi Valley [Ronald Reagan] and the San Diego freeways, but there is almost no access to them. Almost every Wednesday we enter the Simi Valley Freeway at Tampa Avenue and go west. There is no entry to the carpool lane from that point to where it ends in Simi Valley. The San Diego Freeway is almost as bad: There is no entry permitted at Nordhoff Street northbound.
April 10, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
A bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Sliver Lake) that would allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes during non-peak hours on the 134 Freeway in Glendale and Burbank has been amended to possibly include other local freeways. Gatto's bill, AB 405, passed its first hurdle Monday after it was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 15-1 vote. It was originally drafted to only apply to the section of the 134 Freeway, but was amended to include other roads in Los Angeles County that are deemed appropriate by the California Department of Transportation , including the 210 Freeway.
April 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A bill that would prevent local transit agencies from tossing solo drivers in zero- and low-emission vehicles out of some car-pool lanes cleared the California Assembly on Thursday. The legislation, authored by  Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), would  allow cars with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to High Occupancy Toll lanes. There are a number of such projects around the state and agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to make any solo drivers pay for access, regardless of what they are driving.  Car-poolers and buses will still be able to use the lanes without charge.
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