Fast-moving carpool lanes can be a great incentive to double up on your commute, unless they become so popular they get too crowded.
When a carpool lane drops below 45 miles per hour more than 10 percent of the time, it’s considered degraded under Caltrans. And that’s the case with most of the carpool lanes in Los Angeles County.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned a study to generate ideas for upgrading the carpool lanes. The Metro board got an update on the research last week.
One idea: to raise the bar on carpools from two people to three. That would kick out Jennifer Caballero, who carpools daily with a coworker from Pasadena to the Skirball Museum 25 miles away. She said finding a third person to share the drive would be a real challenge.