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Monday, September 22, 2014

Cities to give plan for toll-free I-405


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.