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History of Metro ExpressLanes

In April 2008, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) entered into an agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The agreement identifies an award of a $210.6 million federal grant to convert existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes into dynamically-priced high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes as an initial congestion pricing pilot project, known as ExpressLanes.

This Demonstration Project is one of six projects competitively selected by USDOT to develop innovative programs to reduce congestion through the implementation of value pricing.

Why were the I-110 and I-10 selected to be part of the demonstration program?
These demonstration projects meet four basic criteria for successful congestion pricing:
  • Ability to provide improved transit options such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  • Ability to provide two ExpressLanes in each direction for the majority length of each corridor
  • Ability to implement the pilot without an increase in the minimum carpool requirement
  • Near-term implementation deadline required by the federal grant