Metro’s ExpressLanes is gearing up for the fall debut of the HOT lanes on the 110 freeway between Adams Boulevard and the Artesia Transit Center. That will be followed next year by the arrival of HOT lanes on the 10 freeway between Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles and the 605 freeway.
The project has made a series of videos explaining how the ExpressLanes will work. The first of the videos is above and I’ll post a new one each of the next four weekdays.
The project will allow single motorists to use the carpool lanes on the 110 and 10 in exchange for a toll that will rise and fall depending on how much room there is to sell in the lanes. The idea is to keep the carpool lanes moving at 45 mph while better spreading traffic around all the lanes of the freeway — and using the toll fees to help bolster transit along the 110 and 10 corridors.
HOT lanes have been installed in many parts of the country. It’s obviously a very new concept in Los Angeles County, where there are not currently any toll lanes or toll roads. There’s a ton of useful information on the project web page, including this FAQ, and the videos also do a good job explaining how the project will work.