Traffic backs up on the westbound 134 Freeway through Glendale.

Traffic backs up on the westbound 134 Freeway through Glendale. (Times Community News / February 19, 2013)

Motorists without passengers would be able to use the car pool lanes on the Ventura (134) Freeway during non-peak hours under legislation introduced to address the growing gridlock on state freeways.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) said his AB 405 will create a test program that could be expanded to other congested freeways in Southern California that do not open up car pool lanes to all traffic after rush hour. It would allow single-passenger vehicles to use the car pool lanes in off-peak hours in a five-mile stretch of the 134 between the 170 and 5 freeways.

Gatto said the change would address the situation in which there is a late-night accident that turns normal lanes into a parking lot while the car pool lane is little used.

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