Q. I travel the freeways every day from Anaheim to El Segundo. Often, there are cars in the carpool lane and in the No. 1 lane that are going slower than the general flow of traffic. In the rest of the state there are signs saying, “Slower traffic keep right,” yet there are none on Southland freeways. Why don’t we have them? I’m sure many would ignore the signs, but it would still be nice to have them.
Bob Singh, Anaheim Hills
A. A Caltrans traffic operations engineer was kind enough on short notice to check Google Earth for Honk, looking at long stretches of the I-605 and the I-405 to see if any of those signs are out there. None, as you would have suspected, Bob, were spotted.
Lindsey Hart, a Caltrans spokeswoman, said they are often deployed on freeways where there is a long, uphill climb; in areas where there are high percentages of trucks; and for safety where lanes are skinnier than the standard 12 feet.
Caltrans, she added, doesn’t want to stick too many signs out there on the freeways – to prevent motorists from suffering “sign fatigue,” when they stop paying attention to them.
Under the law, any motorist towing a trailer must stay to the right and not exceed 55 mph. If you are going the posted 65 in the No. 1 lane, you are certainly fine, legally, but a California Highway Patrol officer once told Honk that it is indeed best to safely slide right and avoid any conflict.
Q. Why are Orange County Transportation Authority buses allowed to park longer than usual on Beach Boulevard, on either the south or north side of Westminster Boulevard? Not only does this block one lane of a major thoroughfare, but it also messes up eastbound traffic, because vehicles can’t always make a right turn on red.
Larry Cantrell, Stanton
A. There are two reasons OCTA buses will make longer-than-usual stops.
When a driver’s shift ends while the bus is on a route, a new driver motors out to the “relief point” in a car and takes over, while the end-of-shift bus operator jumps into that OCTA car and heads back to the yard.
There are also spots along routes called “time points.” Bus drivers stop here when they have gotten ahead of their schedules, cooling their heels for up to four minutes.
Few things are more irritating than being on time for your bus – and it has come and gone.
Near that intersection, Larry, OCTA has time points, but not relief points, said Eric Carpenter, an OCTA spokesman.
“When they stop for an extended length of time…