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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a decade after launching the state's largest network of carpool lanes, Orange County's top transportation leaders on Monday called for a one-year study to determine if the lanes actually work. The board of the Orange County Transportation Authority set aside a staff recommendation to embrace the Garden Grove Freeway project--the final unfinished segment in the state's premier system of diamond lanes--and unanimously called for a study of how the lanes affect congestion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a report likely to generate renewed debate about the merits of carpool lanes in Orange County and throughout the state, a new legislative analysis concludes that California's 925 miles of the restricted lanes are underused and have not persuaded drivers to change their habits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000
Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation that will once again require a minimum of three people in vehicles using the El Monte Busway diamond lane during peak commuting hours. Davis signed the law on Monday. Transit officials on Wednesday were hoping to have the new minimum requirements in place by the end of the month and to see an end to delays that have plagued the San Bernardino Freeway busway since the beginning of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1999 | TINI TRAN
Southbound lanes of the Orange Freeway will be closed for four nights next week while construction crews build a new carpool lane. The lanes will be inaccessible between Orangethorpe Avenue and the Riverside Freeway from midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Caltrans officials said. The closures will include the southbound connectors to the Riverside Freeway. The work is part of the improvement project for the Riverside Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The daily traffic tie-up at the interchange of the Riverside and Orange freeways will be untangled somewhat starting today. A lane that had been closed for major road improvements is reopening. Commuters have endured delays at the interchange for the past year as a lane was blocked off to complete road enhancements such as new paving, wider lanes and additional lighting. "Now, there will be a lot smoother sailing at that intersection," said Rose Orern, a Caltrans spokeswoman.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Fetuses do not count as passengers when it comes to determining who may drive in a carpool lane, a judge ruled in Phoenix. Candace Dickinson was fined $367 for improper use of a carpool lane, but contended the fetus in her womb counted as a passenger and allowed her to use the lane. Municipal Judge Dennis Freeman rejected Dickinson's argument, applying a "common sense" definition in which an individual is someone who occupies a "separate and distinct" space in a vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000 | SARAH TORRIBIO-BOND
Caltrans will hold a public forum Tuesday to seek reaction on a proposal to add a carpool lane to the Golden State Freeway between the Ventura and Ronald Reagan freeways. The proposal, which will add one lane in each direction of the freeway, would run through Burbank, Glendale and the east San Fernando Valley. Construction would begin in December 2004 and take about three years to complete, said Joe Brazile, Caltrans public affairs officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2006 | Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
Carpooling commuters will enjoy a smoother ride between Moreno Valley and Los Angeles County when transportation officials complete a series of carpool lanes and bridges on the 60 Freeway. A $317-million Caltrans project, to be completed late next year, will add carpool lanes to the 60 Freeway between Interstate 215 and the 91 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
By buying a controversial toll road on the busy Riverside Freeway, the Orange County Transportation Authority has inherited a "white elephant" that may trigger a disaster for taxpayers and motorists, state Sen. Joe Dunn has said in a scathing letter to local transit officials. Dunn (D-Garden Grove) said he strongly questions whether the purchase of the 91 Express Lanes on Jan. 3 will result in shorter rush-hour commutes on one of the most congested highways in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Rowland Heights man was arrested Monday morning after a high-speed chase with police officers that ended when he overturned his pickup on the Hollywood Freeway. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers say they saw Arturo Gonzalez, 31, illegally driving his truck in the bus lane and running traffic lights on Spring Street at 3:17 a.m.
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