L.A.’s first toll lanes open; trips cost up to $15.40 (LA Times)

November 11, 2012 – Los Angeles County’s first toll lanes opened shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday on an 11-mile stretch of the 110 Freeway amid hopes of faster commutes and early grumblings from some unhappy motorists. The express lanes run between Adams Boulevard just south of downtown and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center near Torrance and the 91 Freeway. Officials aim to keep the lanes moving at 45 mph or faster. Solo drivers will pay an average of $4 to $7 per trip — and as much as $15.40 — depending on congestion and toll-lane demand. “All commuters will benefit … because the express lanes will redistribute and clear traffic across all lanes of the 110 Freeway,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member. Many academics, planners and elected officials tout the potential benefits of toll lanes. But some motorists already are objecting that government is again dipping into their wallets. “I voted on a lot less important items last Tuesday than the conversion of carpool to express lanes,” said Hans Koenigsmann, 49, of San Pedro. “Toll is about revenue and income, and toll roads are cumbersome, inefficient and a step back into past times.”

Link to Full Article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/los-angeles-toll-lanes-open.html


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