Carpoolers who participate in slug lines along the Interstate 95/395 corridor into the District continue to raise concerns about proposed HOT lanes that will replace HOV lanes from Dumfries to the 14th Street bridge.
People who participate in slugs accept free rides from strangers that in turn allows drivers to use HOV lanes that require a minimum of three passengers per vehicle during rush hours.
The slugging system in Northern Virginia is considered to be among the most extensive and successful in the country.
But slug participants fear that allowing toll-payers into the existing carpool lanes will tempt affluent drivers who now welcome passengers to drive solo instead. Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a frequent slug line user, Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), last week called for an independent study of how the HOT lanes would affect the impromptu carpooling system.