Los Angeles Times, Letter to the Editor
Re: Caltrans seeks ways to unclog its overflowing carpool lanes
By Ken Pasternack (CAPS Advisory Board Member), Santa Barbara
July 2, 2007
Is anyone surprised that carpool lanes move as slowly as regular lanes? No matter how many carpool lanes and freeways are built, there will never be enough so long as the population grows – a fact of life that politicians refuse to acknowledge. Washington and Sacramento debate immigration as if it has no effect on population, focusing on such side issues as whether immigrants pay their way or how many illegal immigrants to legalize, while ignoring the real issue: After growing from 200 million to 300 million people within 40 years, should the U.S. continue to import population growth?