ExpressLanes signs for 110 freeway on the way

What’s all that stuff on the back of the truck? It’s the first sign for the ExpressLanes project on the 110 freeway, which is converting the existing carpool lanes between Adams Boulevard (just south of downtown L.A.) and the Artesia Transit Center to HOT lanes. The signs will be going up in the coming days.

What’s a HOT lane? Carpoolers, motorcycles and transit users will still travel for free, but single motorists — now prohibited from using the lanes — will be able to pay a toll to use them when traffic is flowing. The toll will depend on the time of day. The more traffic, the higher the toll. Signs along the freeway will inform motorists of the tolls.

The ExpressLanes on the 110 are expected to open in the early fall of next year with the ExpressLanes on the 10 freeway (between Alameda Street in downtown L.A. and the 605 freeway) opening in early 2013.

The project is mostly funded with a federal grant to pay for a one-year trial run of the Express Lanes. The money is other improvements in both the 110 and 10 corridors, including a rebuilding of the El Monte Station, shown in the photo below.


15 replies

  1. Does Atlanta, which also decided to require a transponder from all users of its Express Lane project, provide a preview of coming attractions on the soon-to-be former El Monte Busway and the soon-to-be former Harbor Freeway HOV lanes?

    But have no fear, just wait, says the Koch Bothers-financed Reason Foundation
    (Where the whole HOT idea was hatched):


  2. I would have strongly preferred this money go to more buses to increase frequency and advertisement of such. Frequency is the key to getting people to ride. HOT lanes seem flawed in motive. How will this help decrease the vehicle per person count? People will have little motivation to carpool since HOV lanes will inevitably be made slower. It will just add to the futile feeling of driving in LA. No options but bad options. Though I support things like rapid bus ways and even the expo rail (which actually work to increase options and reduce car to person rate), I am baffled by this one. This toll will not encourage use of transit. If you want to encourage use of transit – for the basic commute only (which is really the biggest concern) – then continue making metro more accessible via frequency, smart routes, and express routes, and advertise to people about the possibility of “if everyone gets on the bus, we’ll all get there faster”. Add a bike car to metro trains. Increase bicycle participation via access improvements, posts/lockers, and advertising. Make it popular. Start a revolution. Then you’ll have so many people paying fares you’ll actually start smiling about what you do.


  3. I wonder why Metro hasnt been sued for their false claims that carpooling will continue to be free?

    $3 a month + deposit doesn’t sound free in this universe.