Getting Rid of Carpool Lanes Could Double Travel Times
Science Magazine, July 6, 2017 -- If you live in a highly congested city and spend hours in traffic, you may think your commuting couldn’t get any worse. Think again. Eliminating carpool lanes could almost double drivers’ traveling times, according to a new study.
“I was surprised by the magnitude of these effects,” says Antonio Bento, an expert in environmental economy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
The findings come thanks to an unusual decision made by the government of Jakarta last year. Following allegations that drugged babies from poor households were being used as “jockeys,” or passengers for hire, Indonesian lawmakers repealed the so-called three-in-one restriction. The law had required cars driving on the business district’s main roads to carry at least three passengers during rush hours.