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It Was Great While It Lasted

Come Friday, California's yellow-sticker program will be no more. The initiative allowed owners of hybrid vehicles to travel alone in the state's carpool lanes. Roughly 85,000 yellow-sticker cars will now have to drive in the congested lanes like the rest of us. But John Goodwin, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said the influx of vehicles is unlikely to cause a major effect on traffic conditions. The reason for the axe? State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Los Angeles, who authored the legislation, said the program has been extended twice, and it's time for it to end. "We believe it's been a huge success in incentivizing people to purchase hybrids, which, at the time this program started, were not very well know," Pavley said. [SF Examiner]