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Gov. Brown vetoes bill seeking to open some carpool lanes during non-peak hours

File: Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, urges lawmakers to approve a measure during an Assembly session at the Capitol. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has struck down a bill that would have allowed drivers to use the carpool lane during non-peak hours on the 134 and 210 freeways.

"We've all been on the freeway late at night or during the day where an accident or something else causes slowing in the right lanes," Assemblyman Mike Gatto told KPCC. "This bill would've simply allowed motorists to use the carpool lanes during non-carpooling hours."

Gatto introduced the bill and said that he was disappointed in the governor's decision.

"My appropriately named AB210 would've brought some much-needed relief to California motorists who have non-traditional commutes," he said.

For some motorists, it can be difficult to carpool when they do not have the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job hours, Gatto said. The bill aimed to bring some flexibility to Southern California carpool lanes, he said. 

Similar bills are currently active in San Francisco and Oakland. 

"We do continue to try to work with the governor's office and explain to him the merits of this idea and the unfairness of having this regime in place in San Francisco and Oakland, but not in Los Angeles," Gatto said. "We're also considering other options."