Los Angeles car pool lanes & Traffic sync- horrible!

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    Oct 07, 2015 7:29 PM GMT
    The states money grabbing, car pool lane disaster. So why does northern CA get to drive in this lane after 6pm?

    I don't know, city "traffic management" still has a problem with proper traffic light syncro timing, add car pool lane stupidity and its no wonder people are so frustrated.

    California Governor Slams Door on L.A. Carpool Lanes

    Los Angeles drivers, sweating and steaming, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic thanks to a late-night accident, will glance to their left and see a totally open lane. Not a car or truck on it for miles.

    Oh, they might see the occasional Prius, or maybe a Chevy Volt packed with enviro-friendly carpooling passengers.

    But other than that, nothing but the occasional empty potato chip bag blowing down the highway or an empty Budweiser can bouncing along the pavement. No cars. No trucks. No motorcycles.

    So why don’t the gridlocked L.A. drivers know enough to move to the left and get into that empty lane, beating the traffic congestion and unlocking the gridlock?

    They would love to, but they can’t. State law prevents them from getting into the left lane of the freeway, which is officially the HOV or high-occupancy vehicle lane. It’s all about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) resolve, which rivals any barnstorming preacher worried about more souls in Heaven and more nickels in his collection plate, to defeat global warming.

    L.A. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) has tried not once, but twice, to get the HOV lanes of Southern California’s freeways open to drivers behind the wheels of internal-combustion powered vehicles. He has even tried to placate Gov. Brown’s desire to be Greenpeace-friendly.

    Gatto has only tried to get those empty HOV lanes open to single-passenger, gasoline-burning cars, trucks and motorcycles during off-peak hours, outside morning and afternoon rush hours.

    His proposal would have only applied to two sections of two of L.A. busiest freeways, the 210 from Pasadena to Glendora and the 134 from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and other freeways in Los Angeles County deemed appropriate by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.

    Gatto said you can’t understand the frustration of drivers traffic-jammed on those freeways, with an empty lane to the left, unless you have been traffic-jammed on those freeways with an empty lane to the left.

    “It’s happened to anyone who lives in Southern California. A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty,” said Gatto.

    As if the wound of not being allowed to move into an empty lane while stuck in traffic in Southern California wasn’t bad enough, here’s some salt to rub into it. Northern California drivers can get into HOV or carpool lanes after 6 p.m.

    Synchronized Traffic Lights In LA Are Complete, Expected To Reduce Traffic And Carbon Emissions (VIDEO)

    I call BS! The La Cienega is absolutely the worst north south street in LA! The entire route the traffic lights are not in sync, especially north, is always bumper to bumper, except after midnight, they must have missed this icon_evil.gif
    Because, La Cienega runs much like Sepulveda, it holds 405 freeway traffic, traffic that has been diverted off the 405 because of the car pool lanes, all the car pool lanes have done is move traffic from the freeway onto the streets icon_evil.gif

    La Cienega Boulevard

    La Cienega Boulevard is a major north–south arterial road that runs between El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne, California on the south and the Sunset Strip/Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    Oct 08, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    at least around here the HOV lanes are managed by a 3 third party that makes profit per car.
    -they are quite expensive per day.
    -they never get 100% used
    -there is a bottle neck when the HOV lane traffic merges back onto the freeway.

    the Denver Colorado is thinking to re doing a stretch of 2 lane down town over head freeway. Basically they are going to remove the crumbling old over head sections, add a HOV lane and otherwise still keep it 2 lane. Way to go. Their argument is they get a kick back from the HOV lane that pays for the construction.

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    Oct 08, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    The larger question is why hasn't the Democrat-controlled Legislature overridden Brown's vetoes? Recall his hectoring 2013 veto message, in which he stated, "Southern Californians have got to learn to use carpool lanes." The situation is even worse in SDiego, where military work schedules are even more "impacted" by servicemembers' inability to use the lanes during hours off-peak for others, but peak for them. The Legislature could easily override this veto, if only it wanted to.