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    Forbidden carpool lane for Hybridw HOV?

    Can a solo driver of a Prius with the HOV sticker use the carpool/bus lane on the far right side of the SF-Oakland Bay bridge like the rest of the carpool vehicles? If so, how does it get charge because I don't see any device installed to scan the transponder.

    I commute from the Richmond El Cerrito area to SF using Highway 80 and the carpool lane takes you to the far right hand side of the freeway's carpool/bus lane. When driving through that lane, I didn't notice any display there showing the "Valid ETC." nor did I hear a beep from the transponder? Normal vehicles with the required number of passengers use that lane, but I didn't notice any hybrid vehicles with driver only using that side. Is that particular HOV lane an exception or prohibited for hybrids with the stickers?

    Do I have to use the far left carpool lanes only? The carpool lanes with the transponder scanner?

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    Thanks for this post. HOV lanes, or carpool lanes, allow cars with more than one occupant to skirt jam-packed traffic. It is a benefit for saving fuel and polluting less. A new program in California allows drivers of so-called green cars the same opportunity, even if they are driving alone. This system is set to end in 2015, but at least one lawmaker wants to expand that by a decade.
    Last edited by brianwalter; 06-04-2014 at 12:55 PM.

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    Carpool lanes help drivers and passengers save time and money, as well as avoid traffic hassles. Using carpool lanes typically saves a minute per mile over driving alone, so grab a friend and get moving.
    Last edited by allison jackson; 07-22-2014 at 12:38 PM.

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