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December 12, 2008 | Carla Rivera
The city will receive $210 million in federal funds to help reduce freeway traffic and improve bus service -- the largest congestion-easing grant awarded to any city to date, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday. The money will be used by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the California Department of Transportation to convert existing carpool lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes on 28 miles of the San Bernardino Freeway from Alameda Street to the 605 Freeway and on 33 miles of the 110 Freeway from 182nd Street/Artesia Transit Center to Adams Boulevard.
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April 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A bill that would prevent local transit agencies from tossing solo drivers in zero- and low-emission vehicles out of some car-pool lanes cleared the California Assembly on Thursday. The legislation, authored by  Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), would  allow cars with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to High Occupancy Toll lanes. There are a number of such projects around the state and agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to make any solo drivers pay for access, regardless of what they are driving.  Car-poolers and buses will still be able to use the lanes without charge.
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November 8, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Advancing their experiment with toll roads, Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering more projects for local highways -- including a freeway on the Westside -- that would allow solo motorists to pay to use carpool lanes. A preliminary study by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recommended five locations that should be explored further for the installation of high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. The MTA's ad hoc congestion-pricing committee is set to discuss the matter on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. It has riled electric-car shoppers and alternative-fuel-vehicle advocates who worry that this is the first step in chipping away at a California tradition of letting solo drivers of autos with new technology and low emissions onto carpool lanes.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A bill that would prevent local transit agencies from tossing solo drivers in zero- and low-emission vehicles out of some car-pool lanes cleared the California Assembly on Thursday. The legislation, authored by  Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), would  allow cars with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to High Occupancy Toll lanes. There are a number of such projects around the state and agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to make any solo drivers pay for access, regardless of what they are driving.  Car-poolers and buses will still be able to use the lanes without charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
An experiment to charge solo drivers to use speedier carpool lanes on two of Los Angeles' most congested freeways has hit renewed opposition in Congress as two influential lawmakers ? a Republican and a Democrat ? say the plan is unfair to taxpayers and would create a two-tier transportation system for rich and poor. Rep. Gary G. Miller of Diamond Bar, the senior California Republican on the House Transportation Committee, said the toll of up to $1.40 a mile during peak periods "absolutely infuriates me. " Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
BUSINESS
September 14, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. It has riled electric-car shoppers and alternative-fuel-vehicle advocates who worry that this is the first step in chipping away at a California tradition of letting solo drivers of autos with new technology and low emissions onto carpool lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2012 | Ari Bloomekatz
City authorities said they narrowly escaped disaster Monday morning when a Blue Line train struck a Metro bus filled with passengers near downtown Los Angeles, injuring nearly three dozen people, none of them seriously. About 6:56 a.m., the southbound train clipped the back of a Line 51 bus in the intersection of San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The bus -- which runs between Wilshire Center and the Artesia Transit Center -- was standing-room-only with about 50 passengers, according to Metro spokesman Marc Littman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering prices of 25 cents to $1.40 per mile for solo motorists who use the high-occupancy toll lanes that have been proposed for the 110 and 10 freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2011 | By Abby Sewell and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Officials broke ground on what will be Los Angeles County's first freeway toll lanes, taking a gamble that drivers will be willing to pay significant sums to avoid rush-hour traffic. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials on Wednesday hailed the project as a major improvement to L.A.'s clogged freeway system. Officials plan to convert a total of 25 miles of existing carpool lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways into high-occupancy toll lanes. Carpools and buses will be able to use the lanes for free, while solo drivers will pay up to $1.40 a mile during peak rush-hour traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
An experiment to charge solo drivers to use speedier carpool lanes on two of Los Angeles' most congested freeways has hit renewed opposition in Congress as two influential lawmakers ? a Republican and a Democrat ? say the plan is unfair to taxpayers and would create a two-tier transportation system for rich and poor. Rep. Gary G. Miller of Diamond Bar, the senior California Republican on the House Transportation Committee, said the toll of up to $1.40 a mile during peak periods "absolutely infuriates me. " Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles)
NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Advancing their experiment with toll roads, Los Angeles County transportation officials are considering more projects for local highways -- including a freeway on the Westside -- that would allow solo motorists to pay to use carpool lanes. A preliminary study by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recommended five locations that should be explored further for the installation of high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. The MTA's ad hoc congestion-pricing committee is set to discuss the matter on Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2008 | Carla Rivera
The city will receive $210 million in federal funds to help reduce freeway traffic and improve bus service -- the largest congestion-easing grant awarded to any city to date, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday. The money will be used by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the California Department of Transportation to convert existing carpool lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes on 28 miles of the San Bernardino Freeway from Alameda Street to the 605 Freeway and on 33 miles of the 110 Freeway from 182nd Street/Artesia Transit Center to Adams Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2009 | Dan Weikel
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday set the tolls that for the first time will allow solo motorists to drive in carpool lanes on two of the region's most congested freeways. Los Angeles' first experiment with so-called congestion-based pricing is slated to begin in late 2010 or early 2011.
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