Sen. Karen Morgan, (D)Salt Lake City, is sponsoring SB 38, which would open the lanes outside of 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. Those rush hour times would be reserved for motorists who pay $50 a month to use the lane.
Morgan tells the Deseret News she's proposing this because of public sentiment. She says she's received a number of e-mails and calls from people upset that they paid taxes for the HOV lane, yet they can't use it without paying a monthly fee.
Currently drivers must wait for dotted lines to enter the HOV lane. Morgan's bill would make the lane open for traffic to enter or leave at any point.
Morgan also has requested that the state halt a $14 million electronic tolling system because the project is too expensive.
I think it's a good idea, since 99% of other major cities in the country already open their HOV lanes in non traffic hours. And that double line no cross rule is absolutely worthless. I actually talked to Karen Morgan about this and she was telling me she's getting vicious opposition from UDOT over this...hmmm wonder why.