Gov. Brown Vetoes Off-Hours Use of Carpool Lanes on Two L.A. Freeways

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A bill vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown would have allowed all motorists, outside of commuting hours, to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glendora. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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Acting on a spate of bills affecting California motorists, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Monday that would have opened carpool lanes on two major Los Angeles County freeways to wider use during off-peak hours.

The bill would have allowed all motorists, outside of commuting hours, to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glendora.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), who filed the bill, noted that Caltrans has long allowed solo motorists in Northern California to use high-occupancy lanes outside of rush hours.

"Traffic congestion is always bad during rush hour, but there is no need for it to be bad during non-traditional commutes," Gatto said. "It's disappointing," he said of the veto. "But I'm going to continue to work on ways to relieve the traffic burden in Southern California."

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