Los Angeles catches up with the real world.
You are driving alone in your car.
You are driving SB 405 from the valley heading to LAX. Your mother is flying in. You said you would meet her at the gate.
You can get special TSA dispensation if you get there early enough. Her bad knees cause a lot of pain and mom needs a wheel chair.
Luckily it is the weekend, and you left early. You have plenty of time. Maybe I, I mean maybe you will get an In n Out.
No rush hour(s), and no delays today, that is for the Monday through Friday work day grind.
You commit to the transition from the 101, driving around the blind curve and… OH.MY.GOD.
Taking a deep breath, you let out a big sigh – you actually have a tear in your eye.
Nothing but break lights. Vehicles are at a stand still as far as the eye can see. Where did all this traffic come from?
Pushing every button on the radio, you push every button over and over again. Going from one station to another station to another then another,
you hear yourself mutter, “maybe I do have OCD”. Commercials, they are all the same – your mattress will be freeeee, your windows sealed, termites suremites – you will not only have them killed, your home will also smell like oranges. Need money to pay for the windows and termites?
No problem, just call Kiss My Ass and go to Hell Loans…but don’t forget, “It isn’t cheap money – it is fast money”. Thanks Dr. Mustache, I can see 20/20, DUI attorneys tell us that friends don’t let their friends plead guilty.
Turn on KCRW ah, much better. Looking to the left, WTH? The car pool lane is wide open. Arrrrggggggggggggg!
Sound familiar? Well, my fellow lone drivers, that useless carpool lane just might be your yellow brick road and no hybrid required!
Assuming Jerry Brown signs Bill 405 (no relation to our beloved San Diego Freeway) by October 13th, starting July 1, 2014 solo drivers will be able to take advantage of car pool lanes. Really? Yes my friends, really.
The fine for being ticketed for driving in a carpool lane will cost you more than $340. Southern California carpool lane restrictions are 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not so in Northern California, where a single driver can move in and out of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes during non-peak times.
(weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m., all the time on weekends)
Let’s enjoy it while we can, it’s only a matter of time before all the car pool lanes will be morphed into toll lanes.
Once we here in southern California can figure out which hour isn’t rush hours we will be all set. On your mark get set GO!
Photo culled from google.