1. General

This FasTrak License Agreement (“Agreement”) with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) constitutes a license to use the transponder issued to you for use on the I-10 and I-110 Metro ExpressLanes as well as any other California toll facility bearing the FasTrak logo. The transponder remains the property of Metro. This Agreement accompanies and is part of each Metro ExpressLanes FasTrak account Application. Your submittal of an Application constitutes your acknowledgement and consent to the terms of this Agreement. Metro reserves the right to withhold issuance of a transponder or establishment of a FasTrak account to any applicant with outstanding toll violations or other amounts due to Metro.

You Agree to:

  • Pay all tolls and fees charged to your Metro ExpressLanes FasTrak account.
  • Install and use the switchable transponder in accordance with instructions provided to you in your transponder package.
  • Accurately set the self-declaration switch on the FasTrak Flex switchable transponder to indicate the actual number of occupants in the vehicle prior to traveling on the Metro ExpressLanes.
  • Accept the rates and direction indicated on digital message signs before all entrances to the Metro ExpressLanes. The cost to travel to the next major exit and end of the corridor is displaced when the sign says, “NEXT MAJOR EXIT $PRICE, END OF CORRIDOR $PRICE”. “HOV 2+ W/ FLEX $0.” Vehicles with more than the minimum number of occupants (two or more) travel toll free with the switchable transponder.
  • Not entering the lanes when the digital message sign says, “CLOSED TO ALL.” If a driver is already in the lanes, they may remain and pay the rate indicated on the signs upon they entry. Any driver who enters the lanes after the lanes are closed will be charged the maximum toll rate for the full length of the corridor, regardless of actual length traveled in the ExpressLanes.
  • When the digital message sign says, “OPEN TO ALL – FASTRAK NOT REQUIRED,” The ExpressLanes are open to any driver, even if the driver does not have a transponder. Violations will not be processed, and tolls will not be charged.
  • Not crossing the solid double white lines unless directed to do so by CHP.
  • Only entering the lanes with two or more occupants in the vehicle and have the transponder set to the proper occupancy setting when the sign says, “ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE 2+ OCCUPANTS AND FASTRAK FLEX” or “ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE 3+ OCCUPANTS AND FASTRAK FLEX.” Any driver entering the lanes without meeting these requirements will be subject to the maximum toll rate for the full length of the corridor, regardless of actual length traveled in the ExpressLanes. Drivers already in the ExpressLanes before encountering this sign may stay in the lane at the rate indicated upon their entry into the ExpressLanes.
  • Entering the lanes when the digital message signs are irrelevant, or blank will get charged the applicable minimum toll rate (i.e., peak-period minimum toll rate, or off-peak minimum toll rate) for the entirety of the trip based on the trip start time. 
  • Obey all applicable laws, regulations and policies of the Metro ExpressLanes facilities.
  • Promptly review your statement and notify the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center of any questions regarding charges. Charges not questioned within 30 days of the statement date will be deemed valid.
  • Allow Metro ExpressLanes to transmit delinquent accounts and any information it deems necessary to a third-party collection agency for enforcement of tolls, fees, and penalties. 
  • Report any changes to your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail, vehicle license plate numbers, and/or billing information (credit/debit card number and expiration date) as soon as they become available to you. You will remain liable for all tolls charged to a vehicle on your account until you have notified the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center of any changes in vehicle ownership.

2. Minimum Account Balances, Fees, and Charges

  • If you selected Credit, Debit or ACH (electronic check) to automatically replenish your account, you authorize Metro to charge your replenishment source $40 as the total initial deposit into your pre-paid toll account. You also authorize Metro to automatically replenish your account by charging your replenishment source $40, or one month’s average use each time your account reaches the replenishment threshold.  You also agree that your replenishment threshold is 25% of your replenishment amount.  You also agree that if your replenishment sources all fail, your account will be converted to manual replenishment and subject to the rules of check, cash or money order accounts.
  • If you selected cash, check or money order to manually replenish your account, you agree to make an initial pre-paid toll balance payment of $50. In addition, you agree to make a payment of $50, or one month’s average use, each time your account reaches the replenishment threshold. You also agree that your replenishment threshold is 50% of your replenishment amount. You agree that your payments will be received by the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center as soon as your account balance falls to the replenishment threshold.
  • You agree to maintain a minimum account balance. Failure to maintain a minimum account balance can result in forced account revocation. If your account is revoked, you can no longer use your Metro ExpressLanes FasTrak account or transponders to pay for tolls on any FasTrak enabled toll facility within the State of California.  Any attempted use of your revoked account for travel on any FasTrak facility will result in the processing of toll violations with any associated added fees and penalties as described in the California Vehicle Code (§40250 et seq) You agree that a $25 fee may be charged to your account should your account be revoked.
  • You agree that a $25 processing fee may be charged to your account for checks returned as unpaid by your bank or financial institution.
  • You agree that Metro may charge a $2 monthly fee for providing printed statements.
  • You agree that Metro may charge a $2 fee for each transaction processed by review of your license plate rather than a transponder reading.
  • You agree to pay a $1 monthly fee to maintain your account. The monthly account maintenance fee is waived for Low-Income Assistance Plan members only.
  • You agree to waive all interest or benefits that may accrue on any prepaid toll account balances or transponder deposits.
  • Metro may use a third-party company to obtain credit card data to resolve expired or invalid credit card information.

3. Transponders

  • If you chose to manually replenish your account, in addition to a prepaid toll account balance, you agree to pay a $25 security deposit for each transponder issued to you. Metro will refund the deposit if you return the transponder(s) in original working condition.
  • If you chose to automatically replenish your account with a replenishment source agreeable to Metro ExpressLanes, you agree that Metro may charge your card $25 for each transponder not returned, or returned as damaged from abuse or misuse. If a transponder fails to operate for reasons other than abuse or improper use, Metro will replace the transponder at no charge.
  • If a transponder is lost, stolen, or damaged, report it to the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center immediately. You remain liable for all tolls charged to your transponder until you have notified Customer Service. You will be charged $25 for the replacement of each transponder that has been lost, stolen or damaged unless an official police report is provided.
  • Transponders must be returned in the same condition as it was received. A $25 fee will be charged on each damaged, altered, or defaced transponder.
  • If you obtained your transponder from a retail store, you agree that $25 will be held as a transponder deposit and the remaining balance of your payment will be available as prepaid tolls until the transponder is registered. Upon registration using automatic replenishment with Credit/Debit Card or ACH, the $25 deposit will be applied to your prepaid toll account balance. If registration is manual replenishment by Cash or Check, the $25 will remain as a deposit. If you do not register your transponder within 7 business days from first use, or if your prepaid toll account balance becomes negative, the transponder will become invalid and your transponder deposit will be forfeited.
  • You agree that the transponder may be read to provide anonymous traffic flow data to Metro’s Regional Integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems (RIITS), a real time traffic information service. No information identifying an account, person, or vehicle using the transponder will be collected by the RIITS.

4. Occupancy Detection System

Metro may utilize automated technology to determine the number of occupants in a vehicle by capturing images of drivers, passengers, and the license plate of vehicles accessing the ExpressLanes. Images will be associated with the time, date, location, and transponder occupancy setting when the image was captured. Metro may employ other contractors to review the images for accuracy, equipment maintenance, and storage purposes for later review on Metro’s behalf.  The automated detection technology determines the number of persons in a vehicle and compares it to the switch setting on the transponder, allowing Metro to charge the proper tolls for ExpressLanes travel. Any facial images captured will be redacted for privacy purposes. If a transponder is set to an incorrect position, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive an Occupancy Detection Violation for the toll amount and a processing fee for each assessed toll, including the potential for unpaid violations to have added escalation penalties and enforcement actions such as withholding of vehicle registration and forwarding unpaid amounts to a collection agency.

5. Interoperability with FasTrak System

Your transponder and FasTrak account may be used to pay tolls on the Metro ExpressLanes on the I-10, I-110 and any California toll facility bearing the FasTrak logo. If you drive on any FasTrak toll facility in a vehicle with your transponder or in a vehicle registered to your account, that toll facility’s electronic toll equipment will read your transponder or vehicle plate and a record of your transaction, including date, time, location, and photo will be created. The associated tolls will be charged to your account in accordance with the rules, regulations, and procedures of that FasTrak toll facility. It is your responsibility to be aware of and comply with such rules, regulations, and procedures. If you use your transponder or a vehicle registered to your FasTrak account on a FasTrak toll facility, you agree to pay the tolls charged by that FasTrak toll facility, whether billed by Metro or any other FasTrak toll facility. You agree that Metro may share with the operator of such FasTrak toll facility and its agent’s information necessary for the processing and collection of tolls and other fees.

Any discount or promotion offered by Metro account plans are not applicable to other toll charges from other FasTrak toll facilities not operated by Metro.

6. Metro Transit Access Pass (TAP)

To become eligible for Metro ExpressLanes reward toll credits you must provide the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center with information about your Metro Transit TAP account. Only trips taken on the Metro ExpressLanes will be eligible for transit reward toll credits. Your eligibility status will be confirmed with TAP and information required to issue your reward credits will be exchanged. Reward credits can only be redeemed on Metro ExpressLanes, have no cash value, and expire 90 days after issuance.

7. Low-Income Assistance Plan

Applicants may qualify for a Low-Income Assistance Plan by presenting proof of residency in Los Angeles County and annual household income of less than double the federal poverty level. Applicants must present a Paycheck Stub, current Tax Return, or proof of enrollment in one of these programs: MediCal, Lifeline, Public Benefit, LAUSD Lunch Program or EBT. Enrollment in the Low-Income Assistance Plan is only available through the mail or at a Metro ExpressLanes Service Center. Upon sign-up and Metro ExpressLanes acceptance of your participation in the program, a one-time $25 credit will be applied to the account and the monthly account maintenance fee will be waived while maintaining qualifications and residency in Los Angeles County. The Low-Income Assistance Plan is limited to only one, one-time $25 credit and only one Low Income account per household.

Metro will audit Low-Income Assistance Plan to determine continued eligibility.  Low-Income Assistance Plans not meeting the eligibility requirements will be removed from the Low-Income Assistance Plan and continue as a standard Metro ExpressLanes account.

8. Metro Carpool/Vanpool

You will be automatically enrolled in the Metro ExpressLanes Carpool Loyalty Program and period drawings for toll credits when your trip is recorded as 2-occupant or 3+occupant. You authorize Metro to provide you with notification of incentives your carpool/vanpool has won as a part of the Loyalty Program. Your account must be in good standing to win toll credits.

9. Mobile Alerts

Metro ExpressLanes customers may opt in to receive mobile text alerts to notify them of changes to their account. Use of the Mobile Alerts Service (“Service”) constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions. Metro ExpressLanes may amend these Terms and modify or cancel the Service and any of its features without notice. By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, you agree to Metro ExpressLanes sending text messages through your wireless provider. Metro ExpressLanes does not charge for the Service, but you are responsible for all charges and fees associated with text messaging as imposed by your wireless service provider. You may opt out of this Service during the initial setup text message by texting STOP or by updating your Account Profile online.

10. Termination

Metro or its agent may terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason. If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you must return all issued transponders(s) to the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center. Upon return of your switchable transponder(s), your toll account balance and/or transponder deposit(s) will be refunded to the card on file or by check (if manual replenishment account) within 30 days of the return of the final switchable transponder. Following any termination, you remain responsible for payments owed under this Agreement. If your toll account balance is insufficient to cover outstanding charges, you will remain liable for all such amounts and may become liable for additional fees and penalties, in accordance with applicable law, and you may be subject to collection actions for any unpaid balance.

11. Changes

Metro reserves the right to change the terms of this Agreement and these policies at any time by providing notice to you. You will be deemed to have received such notice ten (10) days after notice is generated. You agree to all changes when you use your transponder after that date.

12. Release and Indemnity

You hereby release Metro and its directors, officers, employees, and agents from all loss, damage, or injury whatsoever, known or unknown, arising out of or in any manner connected with the use or performance of the transponder(s) issued to you. You agree that Metro and its directors, officers, employees, and agents will not incur any obligation or liability for any such loss, damage or injury. Your sole and exclusive remedy against Metro will be the replacement of any defective transponder(s). You agree to indemnify, protect, and hold harmless Metro and its directors, officers, employees, and agents from all liability for any loss, damage, or injury to persons or property arising from or related to the use of the transponder(s) issued to you.

13. Failure to Comply

If you fail to comply with any portion of this Agreement, it may result in your transactions being processed as violations under California Vehicle Code §4770, §23302, §23302.5 and §40250 and any other applicable law. If violations occur, you will be subject to all fees and penalties provided by law or by this Agreement.  Any unpaid violations may be referred for collection action, including but not limited to the withholding of vehicle registration, intercept by the Franchise Tax Board, civil judgments, and other actions as provided by law. Metro and its agent(s) may debit your Account for all fees and penalties. If you do not have sufficient funds in your Account to cover a toll, you may receive a notice of toll evasion violation. 

Toll evasion notices are sent to the address of the registered vehicle owner associated with the license plate on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”).  You are responsible for keeping the DMV informed of your current address (California Vehicle Code §40260). Metro will attempt to apply all outstanding transactions and violation to your Account in a timely manner.

14. Personal Information Notice

Metro’s treatment of personal information is described in the Privacy Policy available at www.metroexpresslanes.net and is consistent with Federal and State laws governing an individual’s rights to privacy. Your disclosure of personal information related to this program is voluntary. Failure to provide the information requested may result in delays in the processing of your enrollment application or in providing updated account information. Metro may be sending you promotional materials. If you do not wish to receive these materials, please contact the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center. Personal information provided by you and any data developed as a byproduct of your use of the electronic toll collection program will not be made available to third parties except as described in this Agreement, in our Privacy Policy or unless permissible by law. You retain the right to inspect all personal information pertaining to your account. Any inquiry or request to obtain information, in accordance with the above provisions, should be directed in writing to the Metro ExpressLanes Service Center, along with your name, address, and account number.

15. Governing Law

This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California. If any term of this Agreement is found to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining terms.

16. Communications

Please address all inquiries and notices to:

Metro ExpressLanes Service Center
20101 Hamilton Av, Ste 100A 
Torrance, CA 90502

Telephone: 877.812.0022
TDD/TTY: 711

Website: metroexpresslanes.net

Revised May 2023