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LA Gets Serious About Sepulveda Pass Toll Lanes

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The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote on funding a study for the proposed $27 million Phase 1 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes

Drivers with means may soon be able to bypass the famous bottleneck that is the Sepulveda Pass. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote Thursday on whether to fund a study examining the merits of charging people to use its HOV lanes along the 405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

The city has long bandied about the idea of a toll road to ease traffic in the Pass. The location of the toll lanes would be on Interstate 405 between Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 101 with the intent to open them to drivers prior to the 2028 Summer Olympics. Residents will have a chance to weigh in on the plans.

The Metro Board is expected to vote on a contract of more than $27 million for architectural and engineering services to produce the I-405 Phase 1 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes.

According to Metro board documents, the Congestion Reduction department was directed to study the feasibility of converting HOV lanes into toll lanes for road projects in 2017.

During the consensus study and environmental study phases, public comment will be taken with regard to the project.

The toll lanes would be aligned next to a rail project through the Sepulveda Pass.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the county spent four and a half years and more than $1.6 billion to widen the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

The Times reported that the per-mile price for existing toll lanes, which Metro has raised seven times since 2012, is now capped at $2.10. On Metro’s existing toll lanes, vehicles with multiple occupants can travel for free as long as they have a transponder.

7 thoughts on “LA Gets Serious About Sepulveda Pass Toll Lanes

    1. Jeff Phillips yup and to benefit those who can afford it, leaving the rest of us plebs are stuck in 2x as much traffic because they take away that which we’ve already paid for and given to someone (with the right political connections of course) to profit off of. If it’s like anywhere else they will not only take the hov Lane they will also take an additional lane and buffer zone (so we’ll lose 2 1/2 lanes — THAT WE’VE ALREADY PAID FOR!!!)

  1. Unless they pay to build and maintain more lanes before selling our own HOV lanes back to us, this cannot happen. Who gets to cast a vote? Because this right here is the very definition of extortion.

    I know selfish people think it’s a great idea, that they can pay to pollute, but it doesn’t change the amount of traffic going through the Sepulveda pass. Have you tried to use the HOV lane in rush hour? It’s the same speed as single driver traffic. This will fix nothing. Plus, something like 80% of the revenue goes to maintaining the toll lanes. It didn’t improve anything on the 110 or the 10. All it did was line FasTrak’s pockets.

  2. We have already paid for this road and now again ?? What the hell ..extortion !! This is ridiclous !! Again where is all the funding to maintain the existing roads freeways?? We have already paid for the HOV lane and now they want to charge us taxpayers property owners to use it …this is so so wrong !!!!

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