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Gatto Introduces Legislation to Better Manage Carpool Lanes

It’s happened to anyone who lives in Southern California.  A late-night accident or mysterious slowing clogs the rightmost freeway lanes, while the carpool lane sits empty.  Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 405, a measure that will create a pilot program of sorts to ease such traffic congestion by permitting single-occupancy vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes (also known as carpool lanes) on State Highway Route 134, during non-peak hours.

A recent CalTrans report indicated that Southern California’s HOV lanes are not being utilized to capacity during non-peak hours, leaving single-passenger vehicles idling in slow-going or stand-still lanes.  Unlike Northern California, where HOV lane restrictions are in place only during peak commute hours, HOV lanes in Southern California, including those on the 134 Freeway, are restricted on a 24-hour basis.

Gatto explained that “carpool lanes are intended to increase the capacities of our freeways, reward those who carpool during rush hour, and protect the surrounding environment from harmful exhaust.  When motorists are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at midnight while carpool lanes sit empty, none of those goals are being met.  It just doesn’t make sense.”

Gatto’s measure would require Caltrans to allow single-passenger vehicles to access the HOV lanes on a five mile stretch of the 134 Freeway between the 170 Freeway and Interstate 5 during non-peak hours.

“The current restriction of HOV lanes to only high-occupancy vehicles or to those who can afford high-efficiency vehicles is an ineffective way to operate these lanes outside of rush hour,” said Gatto.  “California’s highway system needs to remain flexible, especially in areas where people drive the freeways at all times.”  Many commuters along the 134 corridor, which links the 101 Freeway to Pasadena and beyond, do not work traditional hours.

Gatto is also overseeing an effort with state and local agencies to investigate ways to address administratively the underutilization of HOV lanes in the region.

“Traffic congestion is almost always bad during rush hour; it need not be bad all night long,” said Gatto.

Tanker Crash and Explosion Closes 5 and 134 Freeway Interchange

Tanker fire halts traffic, and leaves the westbound 134 freeway at the I-5 closed for an unknown duration.

Calls started coming into the CHP dispatch center at 11:07 that reported a double tanker truck was

Glendale Fire assisted by Burbank Fire, Bob Hope Crash rigs and LA City Fire extinguish this tanker fire that burned 8600 gallons of fuel at 134 Fwy & I-5 last night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

rolling westbound past Brand Blvd. with fire visible. Glendale Fire units were first to respond and arrived on scene westbound 134 underneath the I-5 transition bridge with a double tanker well involved with fire along with a sedan in front of the truck that was also involved.

Fire units from Los Angeles City Fire on hand to help stop any spread, but had a water supply problem, until they could stop traffic and gets hose lines laid-out. Glendale Battalion Chief who was also the Incident Commander, requested a second alarm and two Crash rigs from The Bob Hope Airport with firefighting foam.

The total amount of Firefighters on hand were 150 and they knocked the flames in close to one hour and 10 minutes.Firefighters conducted a search of both vehicles and found no victims, and were informed that all parties involved got out safely and we near a Command Post that was setup on the freeway.

Damage to the bridge and freeway will have to be inspected by Safety Engineers prior to the lanes and transition bridge reopened.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

 

 

How did information get out?  Besides listening to the fire departments on scanners, you can also catch information on your computer directly from CHP.  Here is the play by play from the time the accident was reported at 11:07 pm up until 2:00 am.  A lot of it is in codes, some in plain English.  Reports came in through the public and officers at the scene.

If you want to monitor it for yourself, here is a direct link

Detail Information
1:59 AM7398-65 97 ZOO ONR TO EB 134, GLDL PD IS 98
1:53 AM7298-S8//REQ CT TO ROLL TO ZOO AT EB 134 FOR OFCR RELIEF
1:45 AM7198-S8//GLDL PD REQ AN OFCR FOR REL ZOO TO EB 134, 98-65 WILL ROLL IN ABOUT 10
1:32 AM7098-S8 REQ CT TO RESP ALSO TO NB 5 TO EB 134 CON, EB 134 JWO VICTORY, SB 5 TO EB 134 TRANS TO RELIEVE OFCRS
1:30 AM6998-S8//WB 134 AT SAN FERNANDO SHUT DWN//CT RESP EB 134 FOR HARD CLOSURE TO RELIEVE OFC
1:25 AM6898-65 IS BACK ENRT TO THE SCENE W/ FLARES – WILL GIVE 98-51 FIRST
1:23 AM6798-51 COPIES LINE #150
1:16 AM661039 GLDL PD ADVS IS ENRT SHLD BE 97 ANY MOMENT FOR LN 138
1:02 AM65CT PLS CONFIRM LINE #130 AND CORRECT NUMBER – THANKS
1:00 AM641039 GLDL PD CPYS LN 138 WILL HAVE A UNIT ENRT
12:57 AM63PER 98-S8 1185 TOOK TOW CORRECT WAY DID NOT GO OVER ANYTHING
12:56 AM62PER 98-S8 IF THE CAN BACK UP THE BIG RIG HAVE THEM GO TO THE TRANS TO NB 5 OR THE 134 IF THEY CAN BACK UP BIG RIG
12:56 AM61FLAMES HAVE DAMAGED THE BRIGDE AND UNK IF BRIDGE IS STRUCTUALLY SOUND
12:56 AM60PER 98-S8 REGARDING LINE #128 NEG AT THIS TIME
12:51 AM59LAPD SUPERVISOR IS 1097 W/AN EMPLOYEEE FRM THE TANKER COMPANY AT ZOO DR / REQING IF EMPLOYEE SHOULD 1023 W/LAPD OR IF CHP NEEDS EMPLOYEE TO RESP TO A DIFFERENT 1020
12:49 AM58PER 98-65 GET CONFIRMMATION FROM S8 IF CITYWIDE CAN TOW OVER THE TRANS FROM WB 134 TO SB 5
12:47 AM57ADVS S8 – STATEWIDE TOW ETA 10-15 W/ ROTATOR ARRIVING FIRST
12:45 AM56PER 98-C GET 1020 AND ETA FOR 1185
12:44 AM551039 GLENDALE OP: 31 CPYS LN 120- PLS ADVS UPDATE AND DURATION AS SOON AS AVAILABLE FOR A RECALL- THX
12:41 AM54RP ON LN 98 COPIES NOT THIER COMPANY TRK
12:40 AM5398-S8//TRFC IS SB ON 5 TO EB 134 NEEDS TO BE CLOSED VEHS STILL GETTING THRU
12:26 AM52FIRE EB IN WB LNS 1/2 MILE BEFOR VICTORY
12:24 AM5198-C//ADV UNIT LAFD ROLLIN EB IN WB BETWEEN VICTORY AND FOREST LAWN //98-20, LAFD EXITED ON VICORY
12:22 AM5098-C1 CITY WIDE 97 WILL BE REMOVING BIG RIG FRM WB 134
12:18 AM491039 STATEWIDE –THEY HAVE WRECKER,LANDAU AND HAZMAT -JUST LEAVING RIVERSIDE\
12:11 AM48PER 98-S8/OWNER SHIP OF TANKER IS UNK AT THIS TIME//LINE 82
12:11 AM47PLS ADVS A # FOR STATEWIDE //THIS IS NOT ONE OF OUR 1185S
12:08 AM46FIRE IS GOING TO HAVE RIG ACCESS FRM WRONG WAY
12:08 AM4598-S8//FIRE REQ NB 5 TO EB 134 TRANS CLOSED THEY ARE STILL GETTING TRFC, CAN A CENTRAL UNIT ASST
12:08 AM44PER 15-S11 // WILL SEND UNIT TO CHK TO SEE IF VEH IS 97 AT ZOO / BUT WONT TAKE COURTESY DUE TO FACT THAT VEH WAS INVD WITH BIG RIG TC
12:05 AM431125 BIG RIG STALLED ON TRANS RD CONFIRM STATEWIDE ENRT//98-65
12:04 AM42SMALL VEH IN TC INV WITH BIG RIG( FUEL TANKER ) REAR TRAILER OVERTURNED CAME TO REST UNDER 5 TRANS – TRACTOR WAS ALSO ON FIRE
11:59 PM41PDS TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR ADV RESP FOR DRIVER INV WITH TANKER TK HAS STATEWIDE TOWING AND HAZMAT ENRT WITH 30-40 MIN ETA
11:55 PM40FOR LINE 69 TRAFFIC SHOULD BE MOVING SHORTLY ONLY SB 5 TO EB 134 TRANS CLOSED
11:52 PM39SB 5 TO EB 134 TRANS CLOSED PER 98-51
11:52 PM38SUFFIENT UNITS 97 AND FIRE IS GETTING FIRE UNDER CONTROL PLS ADV GLDL PD FOR LINE 71
11:51 PM371039 LAFD W LINE 66-WILL RESPOND UNIT TO CHK ON PTYS
11:47 PM3640 MINS ETA
11:46 PM35PER 60-TAN CHEV TAH CDF COMING UP TO INCIDENT
11:44 PM341023 FOR ETA
11:42 PM33CAN CT PLS ADV ETA FOR CT SUPERVISOR
11:42 PM32ADVS LAPD OF INVD DRVR RELATED TO LN 19 ON LN 36 – ENRT
11:42 PM31CT ETA FOR SUPERVISOR
11:42 PM301039 LAFD COPIES LN 50 RE PDS TRANS ROLLING HAZMAT, LAFD WILL BE ROLLING THEIR OWN HAZMAT
11:41 PM2998-51 SB 5 JNO 134,HAVE ALL TRFC STOPPED SB 5 JNO 134 AND ALL TRANS RDS
11:40 PM28GLDL PD / WB 134 TO SB 5 CON – VEHS STILL ON BRIDGE – REQ ING ALL VEHS OFF BRIDGE ASAP – GLDL PD ADVS S OF LINES 39/40
11:39 PM27PER 41-VERBALLED EVERYONE BACK INTO THE CARS
11:39 PM26PDS TRANSPORTATION HAS REQ D STATEWIDE TOW OO RIVERSIDE TO RSPND – THEY ARE ALSO STARTING HAZMAT
11:38 PM2560-EB AT FOREST LAWN W/A BREAK
11:38 PM24CALLER STATES MULTI PTYS ARE GETTING OUT OF VEHS AND WALKING ON FWY & BRIDGE ** SAG RP ** TRANS TO FIRE DEPT
11:37 PM2351 SB 5 AT WESTERN W/A BREAK
11:33 PM221039 LAPD 5412 OP 319 – COPIES LINE 19 AND IF PARTY LOCATED THEY WILL QUESTION HIM FOR FURTHER
11:28 PM2141-1125 BIG RIG WB 134 TO SB 5 TRANS RD
11:27 PM20SIGALERT ISSUED ON THE BLU – LOG 3667
11:27 PM19RP IS INVS 8600 GALLONS OFF FUEL IN TANKER
11:26 PM18PER 41-HEAVY SMOKE,NO ONE WITHIN 150 FT OF FLAMES
11:25 PM17MEDIA IS ASKING IF A SIGALERT IS REQUIRED?
11:24 PM16ISSUE SIGALERT-3 HR SIGALERT EB 134 AND WB 134 AT PACIFIC
11:24 PM15GLENDALE PD HAS 8 UNITS ON SCENE //THERE WILL BE INTEGRITY ISSUES W/ THE BRIDGE //GLENDALE HAS 2 UNITS EB 134 AT THE 5,1- SB 5 AT 134 BLOCKING #1 & 2 LN,1- BLOCKING WB 134 JEO PACIFIC, & 2 UNITS WB 134 AT SAN FERNANDO RD, & 2 UNITS 134 AT SAN FERNANDO
11:24 PM14TREES CATCHING FIRE ON TRANS RD
11:23 PM13PER GLENDALE FD – VEHS BACK UP ON THE 5 OVERPASS – PLS ROLL CHP FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL
11:22 PM12PER LAFD //THEY ARE 97 W GLENDALE FD //VEH INTO SEMI TANKER
11:21 PM11FIRE BILLOWING OVER 5 TRANS FRM WB
11:21 PM10RP ADVSD TRNS RD IS ON FIRE
11:19 PM9PER LAFD CAPT REQ TO HAVE ALL LNS SHUT SB 5 TRANS TO EB 134
11:16 PM8PER INVLD // PRTYS O/O VEH AND ARE SAFELY AWAY FROM CFIRE // 1039 LAFD COPIES // RP HAS VIS OF AMBULANCE IN AREA
11:16 PM7PER DUPE FWY IS IN LNS USE CAUTION
11:12 PM6PER DUPE DOUBLE TANKER TRK OVERTURNED AND FIRE SPREADING
11:11 PM5DUPE*1183*SEMI TANKER VS GRY SD AND NOW CFIRE
11:11 PM4PER DUPE // WB 134 JWO BRAND // HUGE FIRE ON GASOLINE TANKER // TK WAS STILL IN MOTION
11:10 PM3LAFD#1278
11:08 PM21039 LAFD COPEIS
11:07 PM1GASOLINE TANKER ON FIRE

Accident Closes 134 Freeway in Burbank

Burbank Fire Fighters had to use the Jaw of Life to remove the roof of the car after a crash on the Eastbound 134 Fwy @ Buena Vista Saturday morning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Saturday morning around 9:50 am,  Burbank Fire Fighters responded a full rescue assignment on the eastbound 134 freeway east of Buena Vista for a traffic collision.

Upon there arrival they found one car in the center divider with no injuries, but directly across from it was a car over the embankment into a cement drainage culvert. The sole occupant need to be cut from the car using the ‘Jaws Of Life’.

Firefighters needed to cut the roof off the car to get the driver out. Once the driver was freed and treated by Burbank Paramedics they transported him LA County USC Medical Center with unknown injuries.

California Highway Patrol closed the freeway till the HOV lane could be cleared.

The Fire Department operations were directed by Battalion Chief Kenet Robertson.

 

Burbank Paramedics stabilize this victim after his car was involved in a two car accident on the 134 Fwy at Buena Vista. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters rescued one male after his car went over the side after a 2 car accident on the 134 Fwy east of Buena Vista. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)