Tuesday, October 18
Carpool-Lane Hybrids Are Still Single-Occupancy (Usually)
Hybrids have made it into the carpool lanes. Lots of additional cars, most of the same size and passenger capacity as conventional cars, and most carrying a single occupant. What do they enjoy that previously only bus riders, vanpoolers, and carpoolers--who per person consume less gas and emit less pollution and who, unlike hybrid drivers, help free space on the pavement--could enjoy?
Jim Gessling has shaved 30 minutes off his afternoon commute from Palo Alto to Walnut Creek. Tim Robertson's drive from downtown San Jose to the Peninsula is 20 minutes faster. And Tammi Hersrud has cut her Hollister-to-Santa Clara trip by at least 15 minutes.
Way to encourage long-distance, solo commuting, state and federal government!
When the time comes where every car is a hybrid, there would be a need to build more lanes that are hyrid free to keep out the SOVs.
Because of the limited supply of hybrid stickers needed for the carpool lanes, there will be a black market for reselling or counterfeiting these stickers, making this policy more terrible.
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