The ExpressLanes on the 110 open on Nov. 10, so this is a good chance to get your questions answered. And I know you have questions!
Here’s the link for ordering a transponder — everyone who uses the lanes must have one — and below is the news release from Metro:
On Nov. 10 the carpool lanes on the I-110 Harbor Freeway will be transformed into High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes and all vehicles traveling in those lanes will need to have a FasTrak® transponder. If you have a question about ExpressLanes, how they work, who benefits from them or what they will cost those choosing to use them, then please join the LIVE CHAT. Send your advance questions and opinions to Metro ExpressLanes Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins now at email@example.com and join her at noon on Friday, Nov. 2 for a live Internet chat at metro.net.
Metro ExpressLanes is a one-year demonstration project along the I-110 and the I-10 freeways to ease traffic congestion. It will turn HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes into HOT 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?
Your questions will be addressed during the live chat. Join Stephanie Wiggins from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at metro.net.