In December, Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky submitted a motion to the Metro Board to eliminate the $3 account maintenance fee for ExpressLanes customers. The fee has yet to go into effect — it won’t until the ExpressLanes open on the 10 freeway — and will only apply to those who use the ExpressLanes three or fewer times each month.
Nonetheless, I know the fee has been controversial among some Source readers. For those interested in the issue, I encourage them to read the staff report, which includes an explanation of why the fee was created and the impact of getting rid of it, as well as a look at how other agencies handle similar fees.
The Metro Board approved the fee as part of their overall approval of the ExpressLanes project and the Board will make the decision on whether to get rid of it. I’m guessing that one factor that will be considered is how much of a deterrent the fee has been for those considering signing up for a FasTrak transponder to use the ExpressLanes.
I’m interested in reading comments from those out there who read the staff report.