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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Dawn of a New Day (on the 405)

As a prior post noted, today is the day the northbound carpool lane on the 405 in the Sepulveda Pass opens.  From the LA Times:

After countless delays, cost overruns, gridlock gripes from Tesla's Elon Musk and a phenomenon known as "Carmageddon," officials Friday will finally unveil on the 405 Freeway the nation's longest continuous carpool lane.  The opening marks a milestone for L.A. commuter culture and the notorious 405, the nation's busiest urban interstate highway. The full carpool route runs for 70 miles from southern Orange County to near the northern tip of the San Fernando Valley, matching the existing carpool run on the southbound side.  Transit officials expect commuters to save at least 10 minutes per trip during peak hours on the new 10-mile stretch of carpool lane. In theory, the shift of high-occupancy vehicles to that lane should also help solo travelers roll more smoothly...

Full story at http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0523-405-20140524-story.html

Sound the drums - until the carpool lane also fills up:
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