An article at GCR on the same story included this:
. . . Since prices on the toll lanes are set according to the amount of traffic, though, it means that toll prices have gone up for other cars. Metro also reported that overall emissions from the highway have increased, contrary to the program's goals, because more green cars in the toll lanes have slowed traffic in the rest of the highway lanes.
The commuter toll lanes have been controversial from the beginning, and have been derided as "Lexus Lanes." Last year, 49 percent of cars in the lanes paid the toll in lieu of carpooling.
That reputation is compounded by the fact that Teslas outsell other electric cars, and it colored the debate at the Metro Commission meeting, when board member (and Los Angeles City Councilman) Paul Krekorian said: "I cannot subsidize someone who puts their tie on and drives their Tesla to work in these lanes. . . ."
I've never been a fan of SO HOV lanes for the reason cited in bold, or Lexus Lanes for egalitarian reasons (also applies to SO HOV, given the generally higher prices of AFVs that qualify), plus they encourage exactly the behavior the lanes are attempting to change. Federal HOV/HOT lanes are supposed to average at least 45 mph, but during a recent trip on I-880 during the morning rush hour I'd estimate that the HOV lane was only averaging 18-20 mph. I was in a normal lane and averaged about 16 mph. To get an idea of how much PEVs might be contributing to the congestion, I started to count how many PEVs passed me in the HOV lane compared to the total number. Out of 32 cars, 7 were PEVs, and there were also 3 cheaters.