(KCPW News) Should the state abandon its plans to make the HOV lane on I-15 a toll road during peak traffic hours? Democratic Senator Karen Morgan, who’s sponsoring a bill to open HOV lanes to everyone during off-peak hours, says this is what the public wants.
“I’ve received a flood of support for this bill,” she said on the Senate floor. “In fact, the reason I brought this bill forward in the first place is because of so many complaints over many years since they put in these double-white lines, requests to do something.”
Senate Bill 38, titled “Restrictions on High Occupancy Vehicle Lane,” would also remove the double-white lines that now separate HOV lanes from the rest of traffic, so cars would be able to enter and exit at any time.
But during a debate on the Senate floor yesterday, it garnered significant opposition from lawmakers like Assistant Senate Majority Whip Peter Knudson.
“This program isn’t finished yet in terms of the development of this concept,” he said. “I feel that the public is adjusting to it. It would be wrong to interject ourselves into this until it’s had an opportunity to play out.”
The bill was held for lawmakers to determine how much it would cost the state.