Online Chat At Metro About ExpressLanes On Tuesday

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As L.A. County embarks on ExpressLanes — a one-year demonstration project to convert existing carpool lanes into toll lanes — Metro is asking the public to weigh in on key elements of the project, such as variable toll rates designed to ensure a minimum speed of 45 m.p.h. in the ExpressLanes. Commuters are invited to share their questions and opinions during Metro’s next live internet chat, noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 7 at metro.net.

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L.A. County Considers Congestion Pricing To Ease Traffic

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From the L.A. Times:

Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering prices of 25 cents to $1.40 per mile for solo motorists who use the high-occupancy toll lanes that have been proposed for the 110 and 10 freeways.

Like other tollways in Southern California, officials plan to use congestion-based pricing — tolls that rise and fall in direct relation to the volume of traffic — to keep individual motorists, carpools, van pools and buses in the high-occupancy lanes at a minimum speed of 45 mph, even during rush hour.

Under the tentative pricing schedule, 25 cents per mile would be charged when demand is lowest for the lanes, while the maximum toll, $1.40 per mile, would be in effect during the busiest part of the day. Vehicles carrying more than one person would not be charged.

“The project should go a long way to relieving congestion in the region and on two of our more congested freeways,” said Caltrans District Director Douglas Failing, who announced the proposed tolls and other developments in the project at a news conference Monday…

“I’m glad we are taking another step forward in congestion management,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who as a state senator wrote the legislation to secure the federal grant. “The results we will see will bode well for other long-term efforts to do the same.”

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