metro wants to end free rides for clean-air vehicles in toll lanes
Chaotic morning traffic on the west toll road on the 10 Freeway. With travel speeds slowing in the toll lanes on the 10 and 110, Metro is considering ending free use for commuters who drive alone in plug-in hybrids and electric cars. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Stephanie Pincetl in L.A. Times: Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming

That can be a challenge, since many people want to keep up with ever-changing trends, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, who was not involved in the report.

Pincetl recommends buying high-quality items that will last a long time. “It sounds like deprivation, but it’s also a way to make your consumption much more thoughtful.”

Convincing urbanites to abandon their cars will likely require government policies to promote alternative modes of transportation. And it’s particularly important in a city like Los Angeles, Pincetl said. “We can create a totally transit-viable region. But we have to be willing to combat the car.”