HOV Lanes Not Fully Enforced

 

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Maybe you're sitting in traffic right now and tempted by that HOV Lane. If you're north of Boston, you'll probably get away with abusing it.

There are two carpool lanes on 93, one north of the city starting in Medford and running across the lower deck, the other on the expressway between Quincy and Boston.  The one on the expressway watched every rush by a state police detail because the zipper lane is too narrow for trucks, says mass dot. 

But the one north of city  -- appears to be rarely monitored. WBZ NewsRadio1030’s karyn has observed it for a year, she reports that she observed saw about half of the drivers obeying the 2-occupant or more rule.

“We’ve put the blow-up doll out of business,” said Jim Aloisi, former Secretary of Transportation under Governor Deval Patrick, Currently with Transit Matters.

In a year of traveling on I-93 into the city, WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Karyn Regal reports not once was there a police detail on the lower deck which stretches from Mystic Ave in Somerville to the Zakim Bridge.

While having Police is great for enforcement, Chris Dempsey, with Transportation for Massachusetts, says there are other ways to ensure enforcement too through automated technology. Cameras or gantries that are able to distinguish if there are multiple people in a vehicle he said.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Karyn Regal reports

 

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