By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Cities
In an attempt to ease congestion in Los Angeles, city officials will deploy of an electronic toll system that allows single passenger vehicles to shift into high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
In an attempt to ease congestion in Los Angeles, city officials announced on Wednesday the deployment of an electronic toll system that allows single passenger vehicles to shift into high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will convert portions of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 from HOV lanes to tolled "ExpressLanes" under a program managed by fare firm ACS, a Xerox company.
The move will allow people driving alone to travel in existing car pool lanes, for a toll. Interestingly, tolls will vary based on the average speed of traffic traveling in the ExpressLanes.
General purpose lanes on the roads will remain free for all vehicles.
The traditional alternative to LA's congestion would have been adding new lanes, an expensive undertaking. Rolling out the toll system is a way to more efficiently use existing infrastructure, officials say.
A few points about the system:
- Vehicles travelling in ExpressLanes must have a FasTrak toll account and a transponder.
- Drivers will flip a switch on their transponder so the toll system knows if they are driving alone (and thus should be charged) or part of a car pool (and thus admitted for free).
- Sensors on the interstate will calculate any tolls and automatically deduct the proper amount from the driver’s prepaid account.
- The ExpressLanes are designed to keep traffic moving at a minimum of 45 miles per hour.
Construction for the project is scheduled to begin by the middle of this year. The lanes are scheduled to open to traffic in late 2012.
Photo: Jeremy Stanley/Flickr
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Feb 22, 2011
Nothing to stop them. People on the 680 Express Lane in the Fremont area go in and out of the lane all the time without paying. Though, apparently enough people actually use it correctly and they have made some money. Unlike Houston (where you get trapped behind a barrier) there is nothing stopping people, and CHP really has to be watching closely. I also think they installed cameras at a few points to try and catch people.
-- Drivers will flip a switch on their transponder so the toll system knows if they are driving alone (and thus should be charged) or part of a car pool (and thus admitted for free). -- And what will keep people from leaving the switch on car pool all of the time? We have thousands a day who drive in Express Pass lanes on the Mass Pike now that never pay a dime and do not get punished.
"In an attempt to ease congestion in Los Angeles". --- error ---- In an attempt to raise revenue in Los Angeles" --- fixed ----
On the transponder side: It is nicer then what we have to do in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area were we have to place it in a special bag so we don't get charged. On a different note, a report just got released and found the express lane didn't change drive times a lot on the section of road it is being tested on (680 South near Fremont in the SF Bay Area). I wonder, before they spend all this money, if they looked at the results of the pilot their northern brothers did...