LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Metro ExpressLanes along the Harbor (110) Freeway are expected to open to motorists on Saturday, officials announced Friday.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports commuters could end up spending between $200 to $300 a month to jump into the express lanes.

Metro, Caltrans, CHP and LA County officials formally announced the completion of Los Angeles County’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which will allow solo drivers to pay a toll to travel in the carpool lanes located between Adams Blvd. and the 91 Freeway.

“If we can increase the number of cars on the HOT lanes, High Occupancy Toll lanes, we can free up the capacity on the congested free lanes,” Metro CEO Art Leahy said.

These tolls will range from 25 cents to $1.40 a mile depending on traffic conditions throughout the day.

“It’s called dynamic pricing. The whole idea is to make the lanes accessible to those as a function to how traffic is moving,” Leahy said. “What we are hoping to accomplish is higher speeds for those who will pay a toll, but also higher speeds for those who are in the free lanes.”

Carpools, buses and motorcycles will be able to travel toll-free along the 11-mile ExpressLanes.

The lanes, which are expected to be opened at 10 p.m., are opening a day later than officials planned due to weather conditions.


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