Environment: Diamonds Are Forever

Can auto-happy Californians be coaxed out of their cars? If Donald Burns' experience is any indication, the answer appears to be no. In an effort to cut down on gas consumption and air pollution, Burns, who is California's secretary of business and transportation, instituted a "disincentive" plan on March 15 aimed at frustrating Los Angeles-area motorists into leaving their cars at home. Two lanes—one in each direction—of the busy Santa Monica Freeway were marked with diamond-shaped signs and set aside for buses and cars carrying three or more people during the morning and...

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