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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
July 20, 2004 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
With gas prices so high as to cause vertigo, California's elected officials are racing to shower fuel-efficient hybrid car owners with the kinds of exclusive road privileges all drivers covet. Los Angeles is considering granting free parking this fall to the vehicles, which run on both gas and electricity. In Sacramento, lawmakers are on the verge of approving a measure that would allow solo hybrid drivers to use carpool lanes.
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.
August 6, 2003 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
Question: My wife and I are confused regarding the different types of lines Caltrans uses to delineate carpool lanes. We know the dashed line lets you into and out of a carpool, or high-occupancy vehicle, lane. But there are other lines that you can't cross over -- solid double lines, solid double-double lines, solid lines next to a solid single line. Adding to the confusion are the different lane colors, white and yellow.
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 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.
December 6, 1998
Re "Foes of Carpool Lanes Get New Ammunition," Nov. 29: Over the past 15 years I have logged about half a million miles on L.A. and Orange County freeways. One doesn't need a degree or to have state-of-the-art computer models to see that carpool lanes are another miserable failure in social engineering. The entire concept is just plain stupid. Who thought this was a great idea? Let's take all vehicles with two or more occupants and encourage them to dash across five lanes of traffic to enter and exit carpool lanes.
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.
December 22, 1997
If Caltrans and the Los Angeles MTA's purpose is to provide improved transportation service to the public, then why have they kept over five miles of functional freeway lanes closed to traffic? The 5.8-mile stretch of high-occupancy vehicle lane on the southbound 405, from Lakewood to the 605 Freeway, is completed but remains closed. The stretch runs directly into the open HOV lane in Orange County and so would not involve any lane terminations. Over 2.5 miles of this stretch have been closed in this condition for almost a year.
January 26, 1997
Re "Rail System Rated Better for Reducing Commutes," Jan. 14: Building a light rail system is a very good idea for Orange County. It's an even better idea if it is linked with another mass transit system, such as Los Angeles' Metro Rail project. I believe that if the Metro Green Line would be extended from its Norwalk terminus to the Anaheim and Disneyland area, and to a new Orange County rail line, the whole Los Angeles metro area would benefit. Travelers would be able to access the nation's second busiest airport, LAX, as well as arriving at the amusement parks in Orange County.
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