Hopefully this symbol can be put to good use out there and it can increase safe driving conditions!
Update: Using the "L" universal sign helps drivers realize to turn on their lights faster than any other symbol.
|I-405 Speed Contour (2009) Source: AAA|
|I-5 Speed Contour (2007) Source: AAA|
|I-5 Speed Contour (2008) Source: AAA|
|I-5 Speed Contour (2009) Source: AAA|
|I-5 Speed Contour (2010) Source: AAA|
|I-5 Speed Contour (2011) Source: AAA|
In planning my recent trip in Southern California I found it helpful to know where the Carpool lanes and Toll Roads are to ensure speedier travel through the region. Rather then plan a trip through toll roads or high traffic corridors without High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as an option, I re-routed to find a route with the most HOV lanes (and HOV2HOV connection flyovers!)
Below is a map (updated: Nov. 2012) for your next trip planning in LA and Orange Counties to use HOV, HOT or Toll Roads. Note the recently added I-110 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes have been added! Soon to have more HOT lanes. If you notice a blue light above some of these toll readers, this is for nearby CHP officers to see if a vehicle toll tag violation occurs. When a vehicle passes under the toll tag reader without a transponder, a blue light will flash. Any CHP nearby will then know to chase after that vehicle for a violation.
In the year
2012 A.D. highway dynamics appears to be a result of individual drivers simply
trying to minimize their travel time and drive in a way that only benefits them.
This is known as User Equilibrium solution, because it creates a
condition on the roadway that stabilizes to a point where every user achieves
about the same efficiency, with nobody receiving an unfair advantage. If some
users are willing to let others cut in front of them or allow others to take a
faster route, these maneuvers could result in an overall increase in travel time
for the local highway network. If all vehicles follow rules to overall reduce
the travel time on the highway, this is described as a System Optimal solution
to the highways. It should be of no surprise that a system optimal scenario rarely happens on roadways. This will hopefully change!