Friday, March 30, 2007

Value of California Carpool Lanes

Now that California has surpassed the limit of 85,000 carpool lane permits to be given to hybrid owners, people are paying a $4000 premium (versus a similar hybrid without the permit) to get one with the sticker. Story.

Normally you must have 2 people in the car to use carpool in many parts of California, and 3 during rush hour. But most still drive by themselves for practical reasons. So there is huge value to being able to drive by yourself and still use the lanes, which can cut an hour a day off some commutes.

California raises so many interesting transportation questions. For one, how California's amazing highway network played a big role in the massive sprawl going on throughout the state. And said sprawl only necessitates more freeways. When does it end?

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