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What potential changes to carpool and toll lanes rules could mean for LA drivers

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A Toyota Prius with a California "clean air vehicle" sticker drives in the carpool lane on highway 101 on May 6, 2011 in San Rafael, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In Los Angeles County, where we spend a lot of time driving, new rules are being considered for carpool and toll lanes.

As reported by the L.A. Times, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted last week to study whether imposing more carpool lane tolls and requiring more passengers for carpool lanes will help ease traffic. Metro will also be looking into tougher enforcement on carpool lane cheaters.

But will these rules hinder people from carpooling? And how much would a new plan really help with traffic? Larry Mantle hears the pros and cons today.

Guests:

Damien Newton, co-editor at Streetsblog California, he has been following the story

Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer Watchdog, a consumer and taxpayer advocacy group in Santa Monica

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