Friday, May 23, 2014

Motorists Rejoice!: 405 Carpool Lane Opens

The 10-mile carpool lane on northbound Interstate 405 from Interstate 10 to U.S. 101 opened today, in time for the Memorial Day Weekend. 

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty (pictures at podium) was one of several speakers at an opening media event today at the Getty Center. Others included Gregory Nadeau, Federal Highway Administration Deputy Administrator; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, to name just some.

"We now have a completed rideshare system on the 405 Freeway that allows carpoolers to go all the way from north L.A. County to Orange County in one seamless HOV lane," Dougherty said. 

At 70 miles, the lane is the longest carpool lane in the nation. 

Currently, the state has more than 1400 HOV lane miles, making it one of the largest HOV systems in the country," he added. "Roughly 514 or 36 percent of those facilities are in Los Angeles County, the Carpool Capital of California."

Carpool lanes save users about a minute per mile during peak hours. That would amount to a 50-minute savings per week.

"Congratulations to the elected officials who championed the project and helped secure funding, to the agencies who led the construction and the workers who built it but, most especially, to the motorists who will benefit from it."