The 110 ExpressLanes Toll Project will open to the public on November 10, according to sources at Metro.
Officials plan to begin the test project at 12:01am.
After the opening, solo drivers will be able to pay to travel in the ExpressLanes. Carpools, vanpools, buses and motorcycles will still be able to use the 11 miles of lanes for free – but solo drivers will be charged a changing rate depending on traffic conditions.
All vehicles using the lanes will need to have a Fastrak transponder. A switch on the device will allow the driver to indicate how many people are in the car. CHP will be out on the road using a system of flashing beacons and visual inspections to make sure nobody is cheating the system.
Rates for solo drivers will vary depending on time of day and traffic conditions.
Officials say this is a win-win for all.
“When solo drivers begin to travel on the 110 ExpressLanes, all commuters will benefit—whether they pay a toll or not—because the ExpressLanes will redistribute traffic across all lanes of the 110 freeway,” explains LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Shifting solo drivers who are willing to pay tolls into the empty space in the ExpressLanes will speed commuting time and travel for all drivers. Everyone wins when freeway traffic flows more smoothly.”
For more information or to get yourself a Fastrak transponder, visit the Metro ExpressLanes website.
By the way – if you already have a transponder for the 91 Express Lanes or Orange County toll roads, you may use it to drive solo on the 110 ExpressLanes. However, you will be charged even if you meet the carpool minimum.
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