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Los Angeles receives $210 million in federal funds to ease traffic jams

December 11, 2008 |  2:29 pm


Los Angeles will get $210 million in federal money to ease freeway congestion and improve bus service, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said in a statement that it is the largest grant to ease congestion the department has awarded to any city to date.

Peters said the funding would help local leaders in their efforts to convert existing carpool lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes, with tolls adjusting according to congestion levels. "Los Angeles’ willingness to try something new will mean less traffic, better transit and a cleaner environment," she said.

The project by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the state Department of Transportation involves conversion of 28 miles of carpool lanes on the 10 Freeway from Alameda Street to the 605 Freeway, and 33 miles of lanes on the Harbor Freeway from 182nd Street/Artesia Transit Center to Adams Boulevard, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Peters said the money would also be used to pay for new bus service and improve park-and-ride facilities.

-- Nita Lelyveld

Photo credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times