Hahn Wants to Test New Ways to make ExpressLanes More Convenient

Los Angeles, CA—Today, LA County Supervisor and member of the Metro Board of Directors Janice Hahn presented an idea to make the ExpressLanes on LA County freeways more convenient and available for the drivers who need them.  In a motion submitted today, Supervisor Hahn asked that Metro compare LA County’s ExpressLane system to other toll systems across the country and study whether a “Pay-As-You-Use” model would be a viable option.

“I know there are drivers stuck in traffic on the I-110 who are late to a meeting who wish they could pull into the ExpressLanes but don’t yet have a transponder,” said Supervisor Hahn. “The drivers that make that rash decision are hit with a ticket and heavy fine. We have to change our thinking about this. These drivers are customers. We are already scanning their license plate to send them the fine. We should just send them a bill for the cost of their trip instead.”

The model recommended by Hahn would be closer to a toll road model used in other parts of the state—in which drivers can either opt to be charged through their mounted transponder, or pay after the fact online or through the mail using their license plate data.

The motion introduced today at the Ad-Hoc Committee on Congestion, Roads and Highways asks for the Metro CEO to report back in 180 days to the Board on:

  1. The current performance of the ExpressLanes
  2. A comparison of the Metro ExpressLanes system to other major congestion-pricing toll systems in the country.
  3. The viability of Metro ExpressLanes implementing a “Pay-As-You-Use” model for all drivers.

The motion will be voted on at the full Metro Board Meeting on April 26, 2018.