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No Vote on Bill for Carpool Lanes in Metro Areas

February 18, 1998
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House of Representatives postpones voting on a measure giving the go-ahead to set up carpool lanes.

Missy Shelton has the story from Jefferson City.

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There's no vote but lots of debate over a measure allowing the Missouri Department of Transportation to consider carpool lanes as an option to traffic problems in metropolitan areas.

The bill's sponsor, Joan Bray from St Louis County, said the Missouri Department of Transportation told her they wanted legislative support to even consider setting up carpool lanes.

Bray said lanes requiring a minimum number of passengers solve more than just traffic congestion problems. [152K WAV file - Joan Bray]

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Contents: "We are trying to find ways, multiple ways of options that might or might not work. This just allows MoDOT to do this if they decide it's one of the ways to solve the air quality problem."

Opposition came from legislators who said other states are considering doing away with carpool lanes because no one uses them.

From Jefferson City, I'm Missy Shelton for K-M-O-X News.


There's no vote on a measure allowing the Missouri Department of Transportation to use carpool lanes as a way to solve some traffic problems.

Missy Shelton has more from Jefferson City.

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The legislature did not vote on a measure that would let some lanes in metropolitan areas be changed to lanes requiring a minimum number of passengers.

Even though there was no vote, debate over the effectiveness of carpool lanes focused on other states' carpool lanes.

Representative Jon Bennett from St Charles said he opposes the measure.

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Contents: "When we take one or more lanes and designate them as high occupancy vehicles lanes and in the same week kill the Page Avenue Bridge project, Mr. Speaker, there's something wrong with this."

The bill sponsor said carpool lanes eleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality because carpooling means fewer cars on roads.

From Jefferson City, I'm Missy Shelton for K-M-O-X News.