September 21, 2014
As the debate over placing high-occupancy toll lanes on the I-405
freeway rages on, supporters of a no-toll plan are scheduled to push for
their proposal – yet again.
After facing rejection a week earlier from a committee of Orange
County Transportation Authority board members, they’re set to plead
their case before the full board today.
The no-toll plan was developed by a coalition of officials from
cities near the freeway who oppose state plans to require drivers to pay
tolls to use some lanes. The no-toll proposal calls for adding one
general-purpose and one carpool lane in each direction.
Caltrans officials have enthusiastically supported the toll lanes
option, saying it’s the fastest way to move people and goods on the
North County section of the 405. They deny that they are backing the
toll roads as a way to raise money.
A wide range of local officials and residents, meanwhile, argue that
construction of the toll lanes would violate the promise to voters for
Measure M2, the county’s half-percent sales tax, among other concerns.