April 30, 2003

'Slugging'

Category: Transit

DC Burbs: In a brilliant coincidence of free market meets restrictive road-rules meets hitch-hiking, a phenomenon known as 'slugging' has taken off around Washington. (NYtimes article).

In order to use special 'high occupancy vehicle' lanes on the freeway, you need 3 people in your car or you get fined, so why not pick up a few random commuters on the side of the road and cruise free? In parking lots around DC, there are organized groups of people who line up every morning awaiting solo drivers to pick them up.

I've heard of people doing this in Oakland and Berkley as well, but apparently it's so well organized in DC, cars actually carry signs describing their destinations, and a complex system of social rules (described here) has been set in place.

I don't know if carpools are exempt from the London Congestion Charge, but it might be a good idea.

Posted by Nick at April 30, 2003 10:06 AM

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DC has been doing this at least since I lived there in the area in 1992. I've also heard it called "the slug line".

Posted by: Andrew at May 3, 2003 4:59 PM