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Metro ExpressLanes is a pilot, one-year demonstration program overseen by Metro, Caltrans and several other mobility partners that have joined forces to develop a package of solutions to improve traffic flow and provide enhanced travel options on the I-10 and I-110 Fwys. in Los Angeles County.

The program includes the introduction of congestion pricing by converting High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes; the improvement of transit service and other alternatives to driving; the updating of transit facilities; and the improvement of parking in downtown Los Angeles.

It is about improving mobility and offering a safe and reliable trip for users. Everyone benefits with reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, increased travel time savings, and better trip reliability. Metro ExpressLanes is primarily funded with a $210 million congestion reduction demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Tolling began November 10, 2012 on the I-110 and on February 23, 2013 on the I-10. The one-year congestion reduction demonstration grant funding ends February 23, 2014 for the I-110 and I-10.

Metro ExpressLanes features include:

  • Conversion of the I-10 El Monte Busway HOV lanes (I-605 to Alameda St) to HOT lanes
  • Conversion of the I-110 Harbor Transitway HOV lanes (Harbor Gateway Transit Center (formerly Artesia Transit Center) to Adams Bl.) to HOT lanes
  • 59 new alternative fuel expansion buses and operating subsidy for the demo period 
  • El Monte Station Expansion
  • New Transit Station at Patsaouras Plaza
  • Harbor Transitway Park & Ride Upgrades
  • Metrolink Pomona Station Expansion
  • Transit Signal Priority Expanded in Downtown LA
  • 100 New Metro Vanpools
  • New expansion bicycle lockers at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center (formerly Artesia Transit Center) & bicycle station at El Monte Station
  • LA Express Park
  • Overall Program Budget - $290 million
  • Construction started in 2011
  • Customer Service Center opened Summer 2012 and the El Monte Customer Service Center opened Winter 2013.
  • Tolling began on the I-110 on November 10, 2012.
  • Tolling began on the I-10 on February 23, 2013.

The formal ExpressLanes demonstration period ended February 23, 2014. The ExpressLanes will remain in operation while we receive public comment and complete our evaluation. Please click on the “Public Meetings” tab for more information on ways that you can provide your feedback during the public comment period.

Effective February 24, 2014, vehicles displaying a DMV issued White or Green Clean Air Vehicle decal will be toll-free. All vehicles, including Clean Air Vehicles, are require to have a FasTrak® while traveling on the ExpressLanes. To obtain your toll-free trip, set your FasTrak switch to position 3 (3+ person carpool) prior to starting your trip. Clean energy vehicles that do not have a Clean Air Vehicle decal must drive with their FasTrak set according to their vehicle occupancy.

Attention LA County Residents: The monthly account maintenance fee is waived until April 30, 2014. NOTE:  It may take a few days for the waiver to be applied to your account.

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We want your feedback on Metro ExpressLanes. Please join our public hearings.

The Metro ExpressLanes is a one-year pilot program designed to alleviate congestion and provide new and better travel options on two of LA County’s busiest freeways. February 2014 marks the Program’s one year anniversary and we are seeking your input.

Please make your voice heard by attending one of the following Public Hearings. Content presented at each of the meetings will be identical. Free parking is available on site at each location.

To view the 2014 Metro ExpressLanes Public Hearings Presentation, click here.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6pm – 8pm
Los Angeles Union Station
Fred Harvey Room 
800 North Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Served by Metro Red, Purple, and Gold Lines, Amtrak, Metrolink, Metro Bus Lines 40, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 485, 487, 733, 745, Metro Silver Line, Santa Monica Rapid 10 and Foothill Transit Silver Streak

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6pm – 8pm
Inglewood City Hall
Community Room
1 W Manchester Bl
Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Bus Lines 40, 111, 115, 212, 215 and 740.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10am – 12pm
West Covina Civic Center
1444 W Garvey Av
West Covina, CA 91790
Served by: Foothill Transit Lines 178, 185, 272, 281 and Silver Streak

Monday, April 7, 2014, 6pm – 8pm
Ahmanson Senior Center
3990 Bill Robertson Ln
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Served by: Metro Expo Line and Metro Bus Lines 40, 204 and 754

Please submit comments by April 7, 2014 to:

Metro, Congestion Reduction Demonstration
One Gateway Plaza – MS 99-25-1
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please enter “It’s About Time” in the subject line.

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings. Mandarin translation will be provided at the meetings in El Monte, Union Station and West Covina. Other ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling Kim Le at 323.669.7651 at least 72 hours in advance.

Metro ExpressLanes Program FAQs

1. Purpose & Benefits

2. FasTrak® & Enforcement

3. Tolling

4. Transit Improvements

5. LA Express Park

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