Have questions or concerns about ExpressLanes — how they work, who benefits from them or what they will cost those choosing to use them? Then join the live internet chat with Metro ExpressLanes Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins this Friday, Nov. 2, noon to 1 p.m. The chat can be accessed from the metro.net home page by clicking on the Live Chat icon just below the Trip Planner or by clicking through the rotating Live Chat banner when it appears on the metro.net home page. You also can send in advance questions now to email@example.com.
Metro ExpressLanes, a one-year demonstration project along the I-110 and the I-10 freeways to ease traffic congestion, begins next Saturday, Nov. 10. It will turn HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes into HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes that allow solo drivers to use the carpool lanes by paying a toll. Among the questions to be answered will be:
– Will the FasTrak® transponder you already have for another California HOT lane work on the ExpressLanes?
– Why do carpoolers need FasTrak® transponders to use the lanes?
– Will the HOT lanes slow down traffic for commuters traveling in the general purpose lanes?
– What other cities have HOT lanes, and how are they affecting traffic?
– What about low-income commuters? Do they get a discount?
Advance questions will be addressed during the live chat. Join Stephanie Wiggins from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at metro.net.