Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You’re Invited! Community Meeting for I-5 Carpool/Toll Lanes

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There’s a project in the pipeline that would build carpool lanes on I-5 between SR-14 and Parker Road — about 13.5 miles — in 30 years. Long wait, right? The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is exploring options to accelerate construction by tolling the carpool lanes and completing the project in 2019.

You may be wondering if this proposal — known as I-5 North Capacity Enhancements (Phase 2a) — is similar to the ExpressLanes on I-10 and I-110. Yes and no. Yes in that solo drivers would be permitted to use the carpool lanes by paying a toll. No in that the funding mechanism is different. The ExpressLanes are part of a one-year demonstration project largely funded by the federal government. The toll lanes on I-5 would be funded by a public-private partnership, and the private firm would be repaid using the toll revenue over the next 35 years.

Nothing has been decided yet, and Caltrans is currently working with Metro on a technical study to analyze the impacts of the toll lane scenario. Want to know more? Info about the proposed project is available here. Also, two community meetings will be held next week in the Santa Clarita area. Details:  

          Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
          Sports Complex – City of Santa Clarita
          20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy.
          Santa Clarita, CA  91350
          Served by Santa Clarita Transit Lines 5 and 6

          Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
          Rancho Pico Junior High School
          26250 Valencia Blvd.
          Stevenson Ranch, CA  91381
          Served by Santa Clarita Transit Line 7

These meetings are a great opportunity to become involved in project planning. You’ll learn about key features and get answers to your questions. Metro and Caltrans staff are eager to hear your feedback. We hope to see you there!