Friday, January 4, 2013

Caltrans Museum to Host ExpressLanes Display




With the Harbor Freeway (I-110) ExpressLanes up and running and the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) Expresslanes to begin early this year, Caltrans is hosting a second museum exhibit featuring the project.

Beginning January 7 and ending February 1, the exhibit will consist of displays, videos and photos that will provide extensive information to the public about ExpressLanes and obtaining transponders, a historical look at the Harbor Freeway (I-110) and the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) carpool lanes as well as LA Express Park.

ExpressLanes is a one-year demonstration program that converts 11 miles of existing carpool lanes on I-110 between the Harbor Gateway Transit Center (formerly Artesia Transit Center)/182nd Street and Adams Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles and 14 miles on the I-10 El Monte Busway between Union Station/Alameda Street and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) into High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is administering the program in partnership with Caltrans.

The program, funded under a $210 million federal grant, seeks to reduce congestion by improving travel choices along the two corridors. All motorists traveling in the ExpressLanes will need a transponder. Solo drivers, currently not allowed to use the carpool lanes, will be allowed to use the lanes for a toll. Carpools, transit, vanpools, and motorcycles will travel toll free. The general purpose lanes are not tolled.

The Caltrans Museum is located at 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90012. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. On Thursday, January 17, MEL, the Metro ExpressLanes mobile van, will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide additional information and on-the-spot transponder sign-up.

For information on Metro's ExpressLanes Program visit metroexpresslanes.net

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