We Want Toll Lanes Done Right
Metro ExpressLanes and other Southern California
HOT Lanes Need Free Non-Transponder Carpooling
Los Angeles Metro has launched the Metro ExpressLanes, a pilot, one-year demonstration program. The program included the conversion of the I-110 carpool (HOV) lanes into tolled express lanes (also known as High Occupancy Toll or "HOT" Lanes). Tolling on I-110 ExpressLanes began November 10, 2012 with the I-10 corridor launching in February, 2013. Transportation officials are working on other major proposals to bring in more HOT lanes to other Southern California freeways.
The Transit Coalition generally supports multi-modal express lanes and congestion pricing. Such facilities can provide a quick and easy throughfare for carpools, public express buses, private-sector coaches, and solo motorists willing to pay a toll.
The Transit Coalition believes that it is essential for carpools to have free access to these lanes without a requirement for transponders and objects to toll policies that would result in a reduction of carpools instead of single occupancy vehicles.
Fix these HOT Lanes: Planned or Existing corridors which should adopt Free Non-Transponder Carpooling:
These facilities each require all patrons to have a FasTrak transponder regardless of the number of persons in the vehicle. These policies cause an underperformance of the potential of these lanes based on a study by UC Berkeley and field studies conducted by The Transit Coalition.
HOT Lanes that work: Nationwide Facilities with Free Non-Transponder Carpooling Policies:
These toll lane corridors allow for any HOV (carpools, vanpools and private buses) to have access to these lanes free of charge and without mandatory transponders or preregistration. Only non-carpools are mandated to have a transponder and are charged dynamic congestion-based tolls. Using an honor system, non-transponder solo vehicles caught by police in these HOT lanes are issued a hefty carpool violation ticket in lieu of a soft automated evasion penalty.
- I-15 Express Lanes, San Diego County
- VTA Express Lanes, Santa Clara County
- I-580, I-680 Express Lanes, Alameda County
- I-15 Express Lanes, Utah County, UT
- I-25 E-Express Lanes, Denver, CO
- MnPASS Express Lanes, Minneapolis, MN
- SR-167 HOT Lanes, Seattle, WA
- Metro HOT Lanes, Houston, TX
Facts and statistics of why The Transit Coalition supports free non-transponder carpooling in toll lanes.