That awesome proposal to start opening up L.A. freeway carpool lanes at night to all of us — not just Prius drivers and party cars — passed both the state assembly and senate.
But Gov. Jerry Brown said no over the weekend. He vetoed AB 405 by area Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The bill would have opened up a 13-mile stretch of the 134 freeway overnight as well as part of the 210 freeway during low-traffic hours:
It sought to identify other L.A. area freeways and proposed opening their carpool lanes to all during off-hours, too.
Gatto had this to say about the legislation:
There is no reason for drivers to be stuck in traffic when a late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty.
But Brown wasn't feeling it. On Saturday he vetoed the bill. He released a statement that reads, in part:
This bill limits the 24/7 carpool lane controls on about 13 miles of the 134 freeway in Los Angeles to the hours of heavy commuter traffic.
Carpool lanes are especially important in Los Angeles County to reduce pollution and maximize use of freeways. We should retain the current 24/7 carpool lane control.
Nice. Of course, on the governor's home turf in the Bay Area, some carpool lanes are open to everyone at night.