November 19, 2012 |
After The Times' recent articles on Los Angeles County's first-ever ExpressLanes project (" L.A. County enters era of freeway toll lanes "; " L.A. County toll lanes get smooth start, despite some grumbling" ), some details deserve clarification about how this innovative new approach will reduce congestion on two of the region's most heavily traveled highways. The Metro ExpressLanes project is designed to improve travel times by expanding and enhancing transit options along the Harbor Freeway and the San Bernardino Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
About 27% of the $3.1 billion to be raised by the proposed one-half-cent sales tax increase, Measure M, will be spent on high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and transitways. Less than 15% will be spent on what we need the most for now and the next 20 years: general purpose freeway lanes. But The Times editorial (Oct. 22) urging a yes vote on Measure M conspicuously never mentions HOV lanes or transitways. Is the Times afraid that these key words would defeat the measure? Widening the Santa Ana Freeway would include a 27-foot wide transitway in both directions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1992
Your Feb. 4 editorial "Car-Pool Cowboys" left the impression that Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol are unconcerned about excessive speed on high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) freeway lanes. Let me assure you, and your readers, that both Caltrans and the CHP are very concerned when motorists exceed the legal speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Caltrans has the responsibility of administering California freeways--and to that end--we plan, design and build the system with one goal in mind: It must be the safest structure we are capable of creating while incorporating the latest technology for the benefit of commuters.
June 3, 1990
Thank you for your editorial "Making a Case for Car-Pool Lanes: Prop. 111 Would Aid Riverside and Orange Counties" (May 14). There are unrecognized but reasonable reasons why car-pooling is not as easy to develop as planned for. However, the primary reason for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes--the hope of reducing the number of cars on the freeways--can be achieved by use of buses in HOV lanes. I believe that the El Monte busway, which is nothing but a separate car-pool or HOV lane on the San Bernardino Freeway from El Monte to Los Angeles, carries as many passengers as a light-rail line.
April 14, 2004 |
When a policy proposal has the bipartisan support of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides and the Natural Resources Defense Council, can it really be a bad idea? Quite simply, yes. That's the verdict on the bill now in the state Legislature to allow hybrid cars getting at least 45 miles per gallon to use the carpool lane, even if they hold just one occupant. Politicians should think seriously about the consequences of this proposal.
April 3, 2005
Dan Neil's March 6 column ("What a Rush") inspired such shock and awe in this reader that a copy of it is now making the rounds at the office. Consider the sheer force of intellect in his contemplation of Southern California freeways: The man not only sees beauty in "the escalades of the HOV lanes" while driving his favorite stretches of freeway late at night, but he actually finds a reason for living here! We look forward to more columns from Dan Neil. Gene Heck Architectural historian, Caltrans District 8 San Bernardino