One of the major reasons people love to carpool because you save time by arriving at your destinations sooner because of the carpool lanes on the freeway. The carpool lane is separated from the other general traffic lanes by a striped buffer zone. Vehicles carrying at least two people may enter the carpool lane.
Aside from saving time by carpooling you save money by cutting fuel costs by 50 per cent less fuel wasted sitting in traffic.
Letting someone else drive – or taking turns – gives carpoolers a chance to relax on the drive to work. No more leaving at 6 a.m. to “beat the rush”!
Qualifying vehicles that can use the Carpool Lanes
The following vehicles may use the carpool lanes that are carrying at least two people (often referred to as 2+):
• Private cars with a minimum number of occupants (often 2 or 3), including babies of any age (but only after birth).
• Vehicles with a special green license plate (plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle) Single occupant.
• Buses designed to transport sixteen or more passengers, including the driver.
• Emergency vehicles (fire, ambulance, rescue) and law enforcement vehicles.
• Taxi or limousine
A bus of any type can use a carpool lane, even without passengers. This helps buses keep to their schedules and provide reliable, efficient service. Electric cars or Hybrid cars can use this special lane even if there is only one individual in the car.
The carpool lanes provide fast, reliable travel for drivers at any time of the day – particularly during peak travel periods when other lanes can be slow and congested so enjoy.