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.