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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Hybrids can stay in HOV lanes

By Robert Thomson

The Virginia General Assembly may have just approved Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's plan for spending $3 billion to advance 900 transportation projects, but the legislative action I get asked about is the same as it is every year: Yes, the assembly voted to extend the exemption that allows solo drivers in carpool lanes as long as they're driving a hybrid with the proper clean fuel tags.

Speaking of the governor, today he opened the westbound HOV ramps at Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road to all westbound traffic at off-peak hours. The ramps had been open only to HOV traffic at rush hours, and then were closed the rest of the time. The change has been in the works since last year, and has widespread support among leaders representing Fairfax County at the local, state and federal level.

The annual extension for hybrids has enough support among legislators to get it through the assembly each year, This year, it passed as House Bill 1432, sponsored by Del Thomas A. Greason of Potomac Falls.

As in other years since the original legislation was scheduled to expire, this is all it takes to change the law:

"Until July 1, 2011 2012, vehicles bearing clean special fuel vehicle license plates issued pursuant to ยง 46.2-749.3 ... "

By Robert Thomson  | February 28, 2011; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Transportation Politics, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, hybrids  
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