I read an article in the LA Times today about the new approach the Orange County is taking to carpool lanes. Instead of restricted access that only allows drivers to enter and exit HOV lanes in specific zones, the OC is changing their lanes so that drivers can enter and exit the lanes at any point, or what the article is calling "continuous access". I spoke to some of our Orange County delivery drivers and our customers in the OC community to ask them what they thought of the new lanes and many (at least those that noticed the change) said the new approach is great and seems a lot safer.
The jury is out and some long-term studies will need to be conducted to demonstrate the true effect of the continuous-access carpool lane approach, but we aplaud the OC for trying something new. We love anything that helps us make deliveries more efficiently.