The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday will consider extending the waiver of the $3 account maintenance fee charged to ExpressLanes accountholders who use the lanes three times or less per month.
In April, the Board approved a motion by Zev Yaroslavskyin to waive the fee for those who live or work in Los Angeles County.
As the above Metro staff report notes, there has generally been a positive response to the waiver as more people have signed up for ExpressLanes accounts this year. The waiver has — as expected — also encouraged more infrequent users of the ExpressLanes while cutting into Metro revenues for the ExpressLanes pilot program.
Staff believes the positives outweigh the negatives and is recommending to continue the waiver through the duration of the pilot program.
After the pilot program ends in February 2014, the ExpressLanes will be evaluated by an outside firm and the Metro Board will subsequently decide whether to continue the program.