11 Oct '11, 4pm

Ban Hybrids From the Fast Lane, and Everyone Slows Down

Last spring I wrote about the indignation of hybrid car owners in California who were about to lose their rights to drive in the carpool lane. The state lawmakers who approved the July 1 cutoff seemed to take the position that virtue was its own reward. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley But two researchers have found that denying the hybrids access to high-occupancy lanes seems to slow down traffic on the freeway over all — the carpool lane included. Counterintuitive as it may seem, that had been the hypothesis of Kitae Jang and Michael J. Cassidy, researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. “Wholesale damage can be expected in many instances,” the researchers wrote . What gives? For starters, why would taking cars out of the high-occupancy lane make it move more slowly? The autho...

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