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March 14, 1993
"Projects to Get California Moving Again" (editorial, March 8), otherwise exemplary, contains a serious error. After advising against building more freeways, it recommends the huge high-occupancy-vehicle lane (HOV) program as desirable. The HOV program is thinly disguised freeway building. To spend over $6 billion (we suspect that Caltrans' estimate, as always, will be on the low side) is outrageous. HOV lanes will attract car pools, van pools and buses already in existence; latent demand will fill the vacated spaces in the existing lanes.
September 5, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
The Huntington Beach City Council declared opposition Tuesday to a proposal that would add a toll lane to the 405 Freeway along a heavily traveled stretch of Orange County. The council voted to allow Mayor Connie Boardman to send a letter to the  California Department of Transportation  opposing paid lanes on the 405, according to the Huntington Beach Independent . "I think that it's completely appropriate that we express our objections, not only to the toll lanes, but also to Caltrans' attempt to usurp local control," said Councilman Matthew Harper.
June 17, 2003 | Joy L. Woodson, Times Staff Writer
The state plans to begin work soon on new connectors that would link the high-occupancy vehicle lanes at an interchange in Diamond Bar. Gov. Gray Davis, who kicked off the project last week, said the project would increase mobility and make the HOV lanes more accessible along the Orange and Pomona freeways. A Caltrans spokeswoman, Judy Gish, said that the interchange is one of the busiest in Los Angeles County and that motorists' safety was a major issue in the proposal.
November 19, 2012 | By Stephanie Wiggins
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.
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.
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 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
June 5, 1994 | GERALD A. SILVER and MYRNA L. SILVER, Gerald A. Silver and Myrna L. Silver live in Encino. Gerald Silver is president of Homeowners of Encino
In the transportation world, it is politically correct to jump on the diamond lane bandwagon, in the name of reduced traffic and better air. Caltrans plans to add these so-called high-occupancy vehicle lanes to virtually every freeway in the region. The reality is, however, that the California Department of Transportation has unwittingly found the best way to increase traffic congestion on the freeways, make air quality worse and encourage urban sprawl. A critical look at HOV lanes shows that they achieve the opposite of their intended purpose.
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.
October 11, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
If you're like many California motorists, you probably looked on with envy or perhaps some stronger emotion when those single-occupant hybrids zipped by in the carpool lane. Others who had gone to the trouble of coordinating schedules and establishing real carpool relationships probably weren't too happy with their solitary HOV-lane brethren either. Surely, fairness was restored over the summer when the interlopers lost their carpool-lane rights; the real carpoolers have seen their speeds increase, right?
September 14, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. It has riled electric-car shoppers and alternative-fuel-vehicle advocates who worry that this is the first step in chipping away at a California tradition of letting solo drivers of autos with new technology and low emissions onto carpool lanes.
September 28, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
The days may be numbered for hybrid car owners who have enjoyed traveling solo in California's carpool lanes. The stickers granting that privilege to 85,000 hybrid owners are set to expire Jan. 1, 2011. There are proposals in Sacramento to extend the deadline, but they would exclude most of the vehicles that originally qualified for the program, such as the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic hybrid and the original Honda Insight. "We're bummed," said Cathy Margolin, president of the 250-member Orange County Prius Club.
June 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering prices of 25 cents to $1.40 per mile for solo motorists who use the high-occupancy toll lanes that have been proposed for the 110 and 10 freeways.
March 27, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A California lawmaker hopes to force illegal solo drivers out of carpool lanes by taking a page from the parents' handbook: He plans to use shame and guilt. State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) has introduced a bill that would encourage motorists to report carpool cheats. Those complaints would warrant warnings -- not tickets. Maldonado believes that solo drivers would be less tempted to break the law if they knew extra eyes were watching them.
March 1, 2007 | Dan Weikel and Jeffrey L. Rabin, Times Staff Writers
State officials Wednesday approved the largest infusion of state money for road improvements in decades, but for many commuters across California, the promised traffic relief might not arrive for years. The $4.5 billion in assistance approved by the California Transportation Commission eventually will ease the plight of motorists on the Southland's most congested roads, including the San Diego Freeway, Interstate 5, and the notorious Riverside Freeway.
April 14, 2004 | Robert Poole, Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation, served on Gov. Pete Wilson's Commission on Transportation Investment.
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.
June 12, 1994
The Commentary article by Gerald and Myrna Silver "Car Pool Lanes Are Putting Us In Reverse" (June 5), leaves many questions unanswered. If high-occupancy-vehicle lanes won't reduce travel time, why do people with whom I work report that their commute times are 20 minutes less each way using the HOV lanes on the San Diego and San Bernardino freeways? Isn't it true that cars going 50-60 m.p.h. pollute less than cars in bump-and-grind traffic conditions? HOV lanes are an option, a choice for people who try to pollute less and make their own lives less stressful.
February 17, 2007 | Evan Halper and Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writers
Relief is coming to drivers on some of Southern California's busiest freeways, but not enough, according to local transportation planners who say the region is being shortchanged on its share of bond money voters authorized in November. State officials on Friday announced the first projects likely to be bankrolled with the funds, part of a public works borrowing package championed by the governor.
August 4, 2006 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
A day after he signed the papers on his new metallic-blue Honda Civic hybrid, Steve Giang was rushing Thursday to file a different kind of paperwork. Like many hybrid owners, Giang was seeking special decals from the state allowing him to take advantage of a top perk of owning the fuel-efficient car: the right to drive solo in freeway carpool lanes.
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