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Hybrids Congest VA Carpool Lanes

Leonard Gilroy
January 7, 2005, 10:13am

It's too bad that California -- which recently passed a law allowing single-occupant hybrid cars to use carpool lanes -- didn't have the benefit of learning from Virginia's experience: Back in April 2004 when the California bill was still being debated, Reason's Bob Poole predicted a similar outcome: And anecdotal evidence shows that Californians are already flocking to hybrids hoping to take advantage of the pending carpool lane perk: Well, it may be too late for California (though the feds still haven't signed off), but Virginia's experience should provide a cautionary tale for other states considering similar perks for hybrid drivers.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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