LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Would you pay extra to use the carpool lanes during rush hour traffic on the 405 Freeway?

MTA and Caltrans thinks a lot of Angelenos will open up their wallets in exchange for a faster commute and are moving forward with a plan to convert carpool lanes into toll lanes on several Southern California freeways.

Toll Lane Recommended For 405 Freeway: KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports.

High occupancy toll lanes have already been approved for parts of the 10 and 110 freeways.

Now the MTA says they’re looking at congestion pricing for the 405 freeway between San Fernando and Hawthorne along with portions of the 605, 91 and 57 freeways.


The move from carpool lanes to toll roads is Los Angeles County’s first venture into congestion-based pricing. Tolls may be set higher or lower in direct relation to the traffic volumes.

An MTA committee will be discussing possible expansion in a meeting Wednesday.

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Comments (9)
  1. Hey, great idea…let people pay to use the carpool lane so they’ll be just as jammed as the other lanes!

  2. Rodrigo says:

    Why charge us for projects that we are funding through our own taxes?

  3. CARPOOL says:


  4. lala63 says:

    Yea … we want to be taxed for them to take care of our roads – then we want to be charged a fee to use them. Great idea – – – STUPID JACK WAGONS!!! Could someone please charge me more for health insurance and cable while they are at it? Oh, also, I know I’m lucky to have a job, but I would like to continue to not get a raise each year.

  5. Joe Tchinski says:

    So Does this mean that when you are 2 or more in Car pool laneyou will need to pay toll also?
    This will just allow another way to collect Money, rather than Ticket when you get caught, you willl now pay the fine in Insallments to Join Carpool HOV lanes .
    And who paid for the lanes in the first place, the people who get on the” Freeways” the taxes were colllected in sales tax, years ago, or we all forgeting that the MTA is hoping so .

  6. Shelly Hadsell says:

    Talk about stealing. Our tax dollars went towards putting in those car pool lanes, and know they want to make us pay again.

  7. roy says:

    the carpool lane is usually just as busy and sometimes more busy than the normal lanes . u got clean air and hibirds using them now might as well just make it another lane make it eaiser on everyone

  8. nico farado says:

    i highly doubt this plan will work, most carpool lanes are already very busy. when they are moving faster than traffic, it’s usually for a mile or two.

    the only realistic solution is to convert these freeways into toll roads. this works spectacularly down in mexico: the roads are smooth as glass, there is no congestion, and you even get insurance (get a flat tire? they’ll replace it FREE).

    we could let carpools/motorcyclists in for free, everyone else has to pay based on how busy the roads are. the tariffs could be used to fund public transportation projects.

  9. Taxed & Feed Enough says:

    This could be called a Bulls*** tax. Oh I’m sorry no “new” taxes, I meant “fee”

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