CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 |
When Los Angeles County's inaugural toll lanes opened on the 110 Freeway late last year, Scott Sternad decided he could do without. "Nearly $1,000 a year?" said the 24-year-old engineering student, who commutes from Hermosa Beach to USC three times a week. "That's a lot of dinners and drinks. " But remaining in the free lanes has cost Sternad time. His commute now takes 15 minutes longer than it did before the carpool lanes were reconfigured, he says. That's not what was supposed to happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Keep your wallet in your pocket. At least when you're crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into the City That Knows How. Starting Wednesday morning, the humans will be gone from the iconic structure's toll booths, the windows will be covered and all-electronic tolling will go live. Regular bridge crossers are advised to open a FasTrak account, which can be done online at www.bayareafastrak.org . Motorists using the system's dashboard transponders get discounted toll rates ($5 instead of the usual $6)
March 10, 2013
Re "FasTrak computer may not be so swift," Column, March 5 Modern digital systems and their associated sensors can be troublesome occasionally. The automated toll collector FasTrak is such a system. I have been a FasTrak user since it was initiated on the 91 Express Lane between Orange and Riverside counties. After I bought a new car, I started getting violation notices. I called the Orange County Transportation Authority to resolve the problem, which turned out to be the result of an old transponder, the sensors on my car and the placement of the transponder in my car. The violations were removed from my record, I paid no fines and I've sorted out the transponder placement.
March 5, 2013 |
If you want to dance, you've got to pay the piper. And if you want to zip along the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, you have to pay a toll of as much as $9.55 per trip. James Kritikson, 72, of La Verne never paid the toll, so he received a notice in the mail saying he had to cough up the unpaid fee, plus a penalty of $25. If he didn't come clean by March 28, the penalty would jump to $100. There was just one problem: On the date - Jan. 25 - and at the time - 10:16 p.m. - that the notice said Kritikson was sneering at the 91 Express Lanes' toll system, he was in fact home with his wife watching TV, and his car was in the garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2013 |
Los Angeles County's venture into toll roads advanced early Saturday with the opening of 14 miles of express lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway - the second project of its type to begin operation in the region since November. At 12:01 a.m., the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority allowed drivers to travel the 10 Freeway's new high occupancy toll lanes - so-called HOT lanes - between Interstate 605 in El Monte and Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. "This shows we are willing to address traffic, gridlock and congestion in the region," said Los Angeles Mayor and MTA board member Antonio Villaraigosa at a dedication ceremony in El Monte on Friday.
July 4, 2012
Re "O.C. tollways to stop taking cash," July 1 So let me make sure I understand. If you have a product for which you are losing customers, and you want to increase revenue, you should raise prices and make it less convenient to use? That appears to be the strategy of the Transportation Corridor Agencies as it raises prices 5% to 10% and eliminates the use of cash on the tollways, requiring all users to have a FasTrak or other account. Who is the business strategy genius they're getting their advice from?