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Carpool Lane Flies By

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Covering all that last-minute legislation, the LA Times reports Gov Schwarzenegger signed into law a GM-sponsored "measure which will allow up to 40,000 more California motorists to drive solo in the special lanes....The measure, which now includes plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell cars, was opposed by some lawmakers who say carpool lanes are getting too congested because of all the special permits for solo drivers. But [Leland Yee (D-San Francisco)] said his bill was needed because new cars are being built with technology that was not available when the state began permitting fuel-efficient cars to use carpool lanes." [LAT]