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In Virginia, many drivers eager to gain access to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes cruise commuter bus stops where people wait in line for a lift into Washington, picking up about 10,000 riders each day, a custom so popular that officials have increased parking-lot capacity at major bus stops. There is even a neologism to describe it, slugging, and a social code for slugs: only the driver may initiate conversation; slugs may not smoke, eat or fiddle with the radio. Some Virginia transportation officials assert that slugging has improved the system. Where early efforts at carpooling failed, the ad hoc nature of slugging has a flexibility that drivers and passengers enjoy. And by reducing the crowding on buses, slugging increases the appeal of public transit.
óRandy Cohen, "The Ethicist," The New York Times, December 14, 2003


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