A group of automotive enthusiasts is trying to prevent any roads and highways in the state from becoming toll roads, including potential toll lanes on highways, which would allow solo drivers to pay to use the carpool lane.
The Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council has until July 3, 2014, to collect 259,213 signatures in order for the proposal to appear on voting ballots.
-Auto Enthusiasts Want to Block Potential Toll Roads in Arizona
The Maricopa Association of Governments has already been studying potential "high-occupancy/toll" lanes, also known as "HOT lanes," which lets single drivers pay to use a lane with less traffic during rush hour, usually reserved for cars with two or more occupants.
There are a lot of variables involved in the local studies, like one option to convert the current HOV lanes on Valley highways into HOT lanes, or another option of adding an HOT lane in addition to the existing HOV lane. Also, they have to consider hours of operation, prices, and benefit, among other things.
But people argue that they are no good, calling HOT lanes "Lexus lanes" (which appears to be based on a pair of misconceptions -- that only the wealthy can afford to use the lanes, and that Lexus vehicles represent wealth).
While governments are studying the lanes (which are currently being used in other states) and one group is trying to ban the lanes on any existing highways in the state, let's hear from you -- do HOT lanes sound like a good idea to you?
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