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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.

Effective June 1, 2014, ALL customer accounts will be assessed a $1 monthly account maintenance fee. There will no longer be an option to have the monthly account maintenance fee waived with four one-way trips per month, nor will there be a waiver for LA County residents. This monthly fee will continue to be waived for Equity Plan customers ONLY.

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