PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
1:06 – 1:30 OPEN
1:30 – 1:58:30
Should hybrids be readmitted to the carpool lane?
Kicking hybrid cars out of the carpool lane has made traffic slower for everyone, according to researchers at UC Berkeley. Using six months of data from roadway sensors in the Bay Area, the researchers found that, after hybrids lost carpool lane privileges, the average speed of hybrids, drivers in regular lanes and drivers in the carpool lane were all slower. While it is certainly counterintuitive that the average speed in the carpool lane would go down with less cars, UC Berkeley researcher Kitae Jang explained, “As vehicles move out of the carpool lane and into a regular lane, they have to slow down to match the speed of the congested lane. Likewise, as cars from a slow-moving regular lane try to slip into a carpool lane, they can take time to pick up speed, which also slows down the carpool lane vehicles.” Even though, come January, 40,000 super-clean plug-in-hybrids and hydrogen-powered internal combustion cars will be allowed into the carpool lane, Jang and his colleagues argue that, on top of that, re-administering carpool privileges to the 85,000-some hybrids that lost access will improve traffic speeds further. Have you noticed slower or faster speeds—and improved or worsened safety—in all lanes since the coveted hybrid yellow sticker stopped granting carpool access? Do you think hybrids should be readmitted to the coveted carpool lanes of
Michael Cassidy, professor in civil and environmental engineering, UC Berkeley
ON LA SPECIFICS:
Brian Taylor, director of the
2:06 – 2:30
What’s LAUSD’s responsibility when it comes to teen violence?
The murder of Cindi Santana, 17, at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Abraham Lopez, 18, on campus during a lunch break at
Patti Giggans, Executive Director, Peace over Violence
2:30 – 2:39
The pros and cons of staying with your bank—what you need to know
Do you want to leave your bank? Many people are talking about it, especially as some of the big players like Bank of America, Citigroup and SunTrust recently announced increased rates, new monthly debit-card fees and minimum checking account balance requirements. Many of those new, higher fees come as the Durbin Amendment took effect this month, cutting average fees that merchants pay banks for debit transactions from about 44 cents to 24 cents. To make up the difference, banks are looking to their customers. An August Bankrate.com survey of the largest banks found that just 45% of them still offer free noninterest-bearing checking accounts—down from 76% in 2009. There are some alternatives, such as prepaid cards, smaller banks and credit unions, but those all come with a set of pros and cons to weigh. Will prepaid cards charge you for deposits or withdrawals? If you switch to a credit union, will you still have convenient access to ATMs? If you’re getting ready to leave your bank, what do you need to know?
Karen Blumenthal, writer of The Wall Street Journal's Family Money column; she’s also author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Your Financial Life
2:41 – 2:58:30 OPEN