More than 20,000 transponders pre-issued for 110 Freeway toll lanes
As officials gear up to unveil Los Angeles County's first toll lane -- in November on the Harbor Freeway -- the county's transportation agency announced that it has already issued more than 20,000 FasTrak transponders to motorists planning to use the express lane.
"The public's support for this project has been impressive as we issue more than 20,000 FasTrak transponders before the start of operations," Art Leahy, head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in a news release.
"Commuters have just a few more weeks to get the FasTrak transponders they will need to travel in the ExpressLanes when they open on the 110 Freeway" on Nov. 10, Leahy said.
The 11-mile toll lane on the 110 Freeway was created using existing carpool lanes and runs between the Harbor Subway Transit Center/182nd Street and Adams Boulevard.
Solo drivers and carpoolers who want to use the lanes will need a transponder and FasTrak account. Transportation officials said the tolls will fluctuate between 25 cents and $1.40 per mile, depending on traffic speeds and demand.
Motorists can visit a Metro website for directions how to open an account and get an ExpressLanes transponder. The transponders have three settings: For solo drivers, for two people in the car and for three or more. Those who are carpooling will not have to pay the toll but will still need a transponder to use the lanes.
Transportation officials are also working on another toll lane that is expected to open early next year on the 10 Freeway, a 14-mile stretch between Union Station/Alameda Street and the 605 Freeway.
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas shows a FasTrak device during a news conference in July. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times