HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A state senator from north central Connecticut who sits in traffic daily says officials could ease traffic jams by opening High Occupancy Vehicle lanes to single-passenger vehicles during rush hour and accidents.

Republican Sen. John Kissel has proposed a bill that would allow everyone to use the HOV lanes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet Monday to hear testimony on that bill and others during a public hearing.

The state’s first HOV lane opened in 1989 east of Hartford, along I-84 and I-384. In 1993, lanes opened north of Hartford along I-91.

Kissel says the experiment has not encouraged enough people to carpool and it makes sense to use the lanes to end gridlock.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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