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Just a thought.  I am, if nothing else, a carpooling expert having carpooled for 30 years from the Washington suburbs to 4 different areas in and around Washington, and could probably count on two hands the number of times I had to drive my car alone.
It can work, just needs the right combination of incentives and resources applied.

Ride sharing (aka sluging), an off-shoot of carpooling, is also a great way to commute and it was invented spontaneously and largely maintained by commuters even though occasionally opposed by local governments until they realized the benefits.  Thousands of Northern Virginia residents currently share rides with complete strangers to and from work every day.

Ironically, this marvelous method of commuting may now be threatened by Virginia's decision to turn  high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV), formerly restricted to carpools and buses, into toll lanes where anyone can drive their single passenger car by paying a toll. Needless to say, the non-hov lanes are hopelessly clogged with single passenger vehicles already.

 

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Tue Oct 31st, 2006 at 11:06:53 PM EST
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