ExpressLanes on the 10 freeway: so far, so good
By Steve Hymon, February 25, 2013
The 10 freeway on Monday morning; the westbound lanes are on the left. Photo by Metro.
The ExpressLanes on the 10 freeway between Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles and the 605 freeway opened early Saturday morning and thus far all has been going well. A few interesting stats:
•Speeds in the ExpressLanes through this morning’s commute remained above 45 miles per hour 100 percent of the time.
•The average toll to use the entire 14 miles of the ExpressLanes during peak periods has been $4.19. The maximum thus far was $5.15 for the westbound 605.
•Sixty-seven percent of the private vehicles that used the ExpressLanes during the Monday morning peak period were carpools with three or more occupants or two-person carpools. However, two-person carpools pay a toll during the peak period. So the ratio of toll-free to toll-payers was 52 percent HOV 3+ carpoolers to 48 percent single occupant vehicles and carpools with two people.
•The traffic volume in the ExpressLanes on the 10 on Monday morning was 99 percent of what it was on Monday, Feb. 4, the previous non-holiday Monday.
Remember, every vehicle that uses the ExpressLanes on the 10 or 110 freeway needs a FasTrak transponder — with the exception of buses and motorcycles with standard California license plates.
You can order a transponder online by clicking here.
If you obtained a transponder through AAA, Costco or Albertson’s, click here to complete the registration process.