Hybrid Vehicles Clog Virginia HOV Lanes

State officials worry car-pool lanes will get more congested

Published: 11-Jan-2005

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The number of hybrid vehicles using Interstate 95 car-pool lanes more than tripled between last spring and October.

That left those lanes nearly as congested as the ones they are supposed to relieve, according to a Virginia transportation task force study.

Owners of fuel-efficient hybrids, which use a combination of gas and electric power and produce less pollution than regular cars, are allowed to drive alone on high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

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