LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Drivers on a busy stretch of the 110 Freeway will soon be able to cruise right on out of the congestion – for a price.
Starting this weekend, Metro is debuting new express lanes that drivers can use after paying for a transponder.
It’s a one-year experiment that’s the first time L.A. County drivers have the option of paying for a quicker commute.
The express lanes will run along 11 miles of the 110, starting a little north of the 91 Freeway to Adams Boulevard, just south of the 10 Freeway.
Drivers who already have a transponder for existing toll roads won’t need another one. For those who don’t, the transponder is mandatory for those planning on using the express lanes. Those carpooling still need to buy a transponder but won’t be charged tolls for using the express lanes.
The fee averages at 25 cents to $1.40 per mile, depending on traffic.
Approximately 21,000 people have purchased the new transponders.
The program has a discount for low-income residents who also want a quicker commute.
Early next year, Metro plans a similar experiment for the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley.
For more information go to www.metro.net.