08 March 2011

HOV lanes make traffic worse - because that's what they were meant to do

Joan Didion on Traffic | The Weekly Standard

Whenever I am out on the overcrowded freeway, looking over at the empty HOV lane, it occurs to me that those lanes serve no purpose other than to make traffic much worse. No sane person could expect them to accomplish anything else, and there can therefore be no other motive.

It turns out, my impression is factually correct.

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