Like most big cities Minneapolis has the carpool “diamond lanes” on the freeways which are restricted to vehicles with two or more passengers including buses. Now, thanks to technology, they sell that lane to drivers who wish to go around the traffic snarls and slowpokes. First day reports indicate drive times are shaved in half.
With a credit card only you can get a little $40 transponder identifying you as one of the “go fast guys.” Monthly rental is $1.50 plus use fees. There are sensors along the road that monitor both traffic and those with transponders. Big fines if you cheat and the user fees range from 25 cents to $8 depending on traffic flow and time of day.
The Guardian thinks this would be great for Boise as well. Go fast from Caldwell to Boise for $8, make prohibited left turns for $5, run red lights for $1 each, drive in the bike lane for $3…what a way to raise much needed revenues to pay for the deficit at ICE WORLD!
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