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June 30, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Just months after raising rush-hour prices to nearly $10, operators of the 91 Express Lanes are raising some off-hour prices on the toll lanes that run down the center of the congested Riverside Freeway. The new fares begin Sunday. The Orange County Transportation Authority refers to the sliding toll fees as congestion-based pricing -- as traffic grows thicker, prices climb. The idea is that the higher price will discourage some motorists from using the lanes, thus thinning traffic.
June 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A car traveling at more than 100 mph on the Riverside Freeway on Wednesday morning hit another car and flipped five times. The driver survived but fled on foot, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Officer Denise Quesada said the unidentified driver lost control of a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling westbound near State College Boulevard in Anaheim and clipped a Nissan Altima driven by Alice Taylor. The Nissan also flipped over in the 1:02 a.m. collision.
April 6, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Along with death and taxes, commuters on the 91 Freeway may never be able to escape rush-hour congestion and rising tolls. Starting today, it will cost drivers as much as $9.50 to use the Express Lanes to get from Orange County to Riverside County -- or nearly a buck a mile. The new top fare, up a quarter from the last rate increase in January, places the 10-mile toll road among the most expensive in the country. It has doubled since 2002. Denver-area motorists pay $9.
January 17, 2007 | From Times staff reports
A Trabuco Canyon man was killed early Tuesday when the car in which he was riding, driven by his daughter, hit a center divider and burst into flames on the Riverside Freeway. Scott Wesley Turner, 55, died at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim after the 12:30 a.m. accident just west of Imperial Highway. His 25-year-old daughter, whose name was not released, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for observation, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.
January 2, 2007
The cost of using the Riverside Freeway's Express Lanes during peak hours rose 75 cents Monday. The toll, which last rose in February 2006, is $9.25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and from 3 to 4 p.m. Fridays. The Orange County Transportation Authority's policy is to raise prices when it tracks 3,200 or more cars in one direction during the same hour in any six of 12 consecutive weeks.
May 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bees stirred up by a traffic accident attacked motorists, police and firefighters along the eastbound lanes of the Riverside Freeway in Corona on Wednesday, sending two firefighters to the hospital after they suffered allergic reactions to the stings, a fire official said. The bees' hive was tucked into a wooded area west of the Main Street exit when a Chevrolet pickup veered off the freeway and slammed into the area. The driver of the pickup was stung as he ran up a hill to the freeway.
December 15, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Ending a long-standing rift with Orange County over transportation policy, Riverside County officials Wednesday unanimously adopted an array of recommendations to reduce congestion on the Riverside Freeway. The 30-member Riverside County Transportation Commission gave priority to widening the 91 by up to four lanes from Interstate 15 in Riverside County to the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange County.
December 13, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Widening the 91 Freeway within five years to ease massive congestion won approval Monday from Orange County's transportation agency. But the work, costing up to $680 million, is not likely to stop there. The agency also agreed to continue studying controversial proposals for elevated lanes down the median of the existing highway, or alongside it, and a tunnel between Orange and Riverside counties through the Santa Ana Mountains.
November 19, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A strategy to unclog the Riverside Freeway emerged Friday after 18 months of talks when policymakers recommended widening the existing road and continued study of an elevated highway and a tunnel through Cleveland National Forest. The advisory panel of elected officials from Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, however, eliminated from consideration a proposed highway that would run parallel to the 91 from Interstate 15 to the Foothill-Eastern tollway.
August 14, 2005
The Aug. 10 article on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's refusal to go along with plans to upgrade the Riverside Freeway is just a sidebar to a potentially catastrophic regional transportation issue that has yet to be addressed. In October 2002, a Southern California Assn. of Governments report predicted the "total breakdown" of freight and passenger rail services in the region by 2010 unless $4.5 billion is spent on upgrading or constructing new tracks for trains carrying goods from our local ports.
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