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Thursday, October 18, 2007


Why do carpools exist?

It was originally proposed so that people become environmental friendly by considering driving together and reducing no.of vehicles on road.

Ofcourse there should be a perk to lure people, which is carpools lanes are faster and in order for it to be fast, less people should carpool which beats the objective.

Since less people carpool there are tons of people crawling on the other lanes and thereby waiting more on the road and causing more damage to the environment. After 7pm, the time when usually carpool restriction is taken off, traffic starts moving faster. Its quite amazing that "opening up" a single lane, can smoother traffic beautifully.

Not to mention that carpool usually also consists of lot of people going only with kids(picking them after school usu). Even if carpools werent there, kids wont drive by themselves. Carpools should atleast be "valid" only if the vehicle has 2+ adults or better 2+ license holders(which is difficult to check for, but can be ticketed heavily for ppl to avoid cheating). This will cause even less people to carpool, so it will become very obvious for it be totally removed.

So what exactly is the purpose of carpool lanes other than to cause as much inconvenience as possible to the drivers?

I don't think any LA guy will agree to this!

In any case, its better to have a less used lane for emergency vehicles to reach accident spots (apart from the shoulder, that is).
I dont think carpools have anything to do with emergency vehicles, otherwise we would have carpools even on all city roads. Why does emergency vehicles need room only on freeways?

Btw, why should shoulders not be used for emergency vehicles? Shoulders are specifically meant for emergency, Its big enough for a lane.
Btw, there are no shoulders on city roads bcos of limited space, but it can go inbetween lanes or bike lanes.
I have seen cops couple of times going between the lanes.
neramda! a 'village' guy explaining car pools, emergency vehicles & cops using center lanes, car pools, shoulders etc to a 'city' guy like me!
:) But car pools are a great way to ride! Saves you the hassle of driving to work everyday. Someone else has to do it some days :D
I agree driving together saves effort and gas. You can still drive together even if carpools dont exist :)
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