SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Census data show that participation in carpooling in California has declined over the past 30 years despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on programs to increase the practice.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that Santa Clara County has seen an especially large dip in carpooling, dropping from 14 to 10.1 percent over the past three decades.

Three other San Francisco Bay Area Counties — San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa — also showed drops in carpooling from previous years.

John Ristow of the Valley Transportation Authority says the numbers are not surprising as more people own their own cars now than did 30 years ago.

The percentage fell from 16.9 to 12 percent statewide over the same period, and nationwide it declined from 20 to 10.5 percent.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (3)
  1. Mark says:

    This is no surprise to me. The people have spoken, voting by their actions as usual. So when are we going to put an end to this social engineering experiment and open up all lanes to all drivers? The only restriction II would request is to exclude vehicles with more than 2 axles (i.e. big rigs) from the left lane, but I think this may already be the law.

  2. Scout Mandilk says:

    Carpooling doesn’t work and never will. Not rocket science.

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