Over the past ten years, the California Department of Transportation has built 1000 miles of restricted highway lanes to encourage car-pooling, but the US Census Bureau says there-s been no progress in getting commuters to use them. This drop, combined with an overall increase in drivers, has resulted in remaining highway lanes being jammed with traffic. Are high-occupancy and mixed-use lanes effective in getting drivers out of their cars and reducing congestion and air pollution, or has the car culture created a demand for personal space and freedom that Californians just won-t give up? We hear from the director of Caltrans, state Senator Tom McClintock, who-s introduced a bill requiring traffic studies before a carpool lane is built, and a professor who-s taught a course on the role of the auto in society.
- Newsmaker: Los Angeles Unified to Ban Soda Sales in Schools
Urban school districts desperately short of money have increasingly relied on the sale of soda to help pay the bills. Now, that trend is changing. Tomorrow, the nation-s second largest school system is expected to ban soft drinks on campus. Genethia Hudley-Hayes, a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, says that academic achievement and childhood health must take precedence over hard cash from soft drink sales.
California Air Resources Board
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