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Old 10-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #29 (permalink)
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If concern for the environment and conservation of resources were the primary purpose of the HOV lanes, then the Cadillac Escalades, Ford Excursions, Hummers, tanks, etc would all get priority access so they can get off the highway as quickly as possible. A Prius can sit in stop and go traffic all day long without burning much, if any fuel. I don't know what the fuel consumption rate of an idling Hummer is, but it can't be good. Certainly a Prius consumes less energy in stop and go traffic than an Excursion.

The HOV lanes are pointless and always have been. Carpooling has incentives built in such as saving money, or freeing up driving time for something more productive (or relaxing), or "saving" the environment, or conserving resources...

Why the gov't thinks it needs to give extra incentive to do things that already have wonderful incentives is beyond me. Perhaps I lack sufficient Edgeukation.
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