Buy a Prius, ride in the carpool lane
Congress is on the side of hybrids, giving people one more selfish reason (besides greater overall fuel savings) to get a Prius (or a Civic or Accord): riding in the "diamond lanes"! Cars that get the highest gas mileage in their class and get at least 45 miles per gallon qualify.
Motorists who drive solo in fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles will gain access to carpool lanes in across the country under a $286.5-billion transportation bill approved by Congress. The carpool bill is something California's moderate Republican governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger, you might have heard of him) has been pushing. he called the federal transportation bill "a great victory for California."
Some people criticize this move, though, saying that one person in a hybrid is no better than two people in a car with half as good mileage. But if it gets people to get hybrid cars in general, it can be a positive. But whichever way that goes, the rest of the U.S. should beware, because as California goes, so goes the nation (a lot of the time).