September 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's familiar fare for much of the country and the world, but new territory for car-crazy Los Angeles County: Freeway lanes that aren't free.
For the first time starting Saturday night, LA County will try "congestion pricing," charging individual drivers who want to pick up their pace and use carpool lanes.
The Los Angeles Times reports the one-year pilot program will start with a stretch of the 110 Freeway spanning 11 miles southward from downtown LA.
The express lanes could cut up to three minutes per mile off the trip, but the trip could cost more than $15.
Transportation officials say the move is long overdue, and should reduce congestion for drivers in the free lanes too.
A 14-mile toll lane along Interstate 10 is planned for next year.
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