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What is the Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program?
The Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program is a multi-modal, one-year pilot program overseen by Metro, Caltrans and several other mobility partners. The program includes the introduction of congestion pricing by converting High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes (known as ExpressLanes) on the I-110 and I-10 Freeways in Los Angeles County; the improvement of transit service and other alternatives to driving; the upgrading of transit facilities; and, the improvement of parking in downtown Los Angeles.
What are the Metro ExpressLanes?
The carpool lanes on the I-110 Harbor Transitway (between Adams Bl. and Harbor Gateway Transit Center) and the I-10 El Monte Busway (between Alameda St and I-605) have been converted to High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, known as ExpressLanes. For the first time, these lanes are open to solo drivers for a toll. All drivers, including carpools, will need a FasTrakĀ® transponder to use the ExpressLanes. Eligible carpools and vanpools with FasTrak will continue to travel toll-free. Motorcycles do not need a transponder. General purpose lanes will continue to remain toll-free.
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
What improvements will occur on the I-10 Freeway?
ExpressLanes capacity was increased by adding a lane on the El Monte Busway between I-710 and I-605 through re-striping and buffer changes in both directions. No general purpose lanes are taken away to create the second ExpressLanes between I-710 and I-605.
What improvements will occur on the I-110 Freeway?
To reduce bottlenecks, Adams Boulevard has been widened between the Harbor Freeway off-ramp and Flower Street, adding an additional westbound right-turn-only lane to the HOV by-pass connecting to Figueroa Street. To increase capacity at the HOT off-ramp at Adams Boulevard, the off-ramp was re-striped to add an additional right turn lane onto Adams Boulevard.
How are tolls set on the Metro ExpressLanes?
Tolls are set based on the amount of traffic traveling in the Metro ExpressLanes using congestion pricing. Watch the Congestion Pricing video for more information. During peak periods, when there is more traffic, the toll is higher to discourage new solo drivers from entering and to maintain a minimum speed of 45 mph. During off-peak periods, the toll is lower. By changing the toll in response to the level of demand, the Metro ExpressLanes keeps traffic flowing smoothly. Tolls can range from 0.25 per mile to 1.40 per mile.
Aren't tolls just another tax?
No. These are optional tolls, and the choice is yours. Unlike a tax that everyone pays, only the drivers that do not meet the minimum occupancy requirements and who choose to use the ExpressLanes will be charged the toll. Solo drivers have the option to use the existing general purpose lanes toll-free, or pay to use the ExpressLanes if better mobility and more reliable trip times are desired.
How will the Metro ExpressLanes toll revenues be used?
Gross toll revenues will first be used to cover the costs to operate and maintain the Metro ExpressLanes. Per State law, net toll revenues must be reinvested in the corridor where generated in transit and/or carpool lane improvements.
Are low-income drivers priced out of certain lanes?
No. Eligible carpools travel toll-free with FasTrakĀ® and the Metro ExpressLanes provide more frequent transit service. In addition, the toll policy includes an  Equity Program for low-income commuters. Residents of Los Angeles County with an annual household income (family of 3) equal to or below $39,580 (twice the 2014 federal poverty level) will qualify for a $25 credit when they set up their account.
What is the projected revenue for the ExpressLanes?
The gross annualized revenue is estimated to be $20 million for both corridors.
How will the Metro ExpressLanes toll revenues be used?
Gross toll revenues will first be used to cover the costs to operate and maintain the Metro ExpressLanes. Per State law, net toll revenues must be reinvested in the corridor where generated in transit and/or carpool lane improvements (i.e., net tolls generated on I-10 must be used on improvement projects on/near I-10).
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