Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another Milestone Reached on Route to ExpressLanes

Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles (pictured) spoke at a ceremony on July 25 celebrating the opening of the ExpressLanes Walk-in Customer Service Center. The center is located at Harbor Gateway Walk-In Center, 500 W. 190th Street, Gardena, CA 90248.

At the center, those interested in traveling on the soon-to-open High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on portions of the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110) will be able to sign up for the transponders that will allow motorists into the lanes. 

ExpressLanes is a one-year demonstration project financed by a federal grant and implemented by Caltrans and Metro. It will allow solo drivers into the carpool lanes for a toll ranging from $.25 to $1.40 per mile, depending on the time of day and level of congestion in the lanes.  Vehicles with two or more occupants can continue to use the lanes for free but are still required to have transponders, which can be used on any toll road in California. 

The demonstration project will test the concept of congestion pricing in Los Angeles, Miles said.       "We believe motorists will be very happy with a program that allows them to enter the carpool lanes when they need to ensure reliable speeds. Those in the regular use lanes will also benefit from the routing of more vehicles into the carpool lanes.

"HOT lanes have worked well in other cities and we soon will know how they work in Los Angeles. Caltrans believes they will be very successful and we all hope so," he added.