The Metro ExpressLanes project is a transport project taking place in Los Angeles between 2012 and 2013 to 'improve traffic flow and provide enhanced travel options on I-10 and I-110 in Los Angeles County'. It includes a range of infrastructure developments on the Harbor Transitway and the El Monte Busway. The high-occupancy lanes on these transitways were converted to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. Associated works included a major upgrade to El Monte bus station, expansion of Metrolink Pomona Station, the creation of a new transit station at Union Station and increased park and ride capacity and bike lockers at many transit stations. In addition, new Vanpool vehicles and buses will also be purchased. The project is being delivered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the California Department of Transportation and others. The budget is $290 million and construction began in 2011 and was completed in February 2013. Some transit improvements for the Metro Silver Line are still being worked on.
The Metro ExpressLanes project includes:
- Conversion of the HOV lanes on the El Monte Busway HOV lanes on Interstate 10 between Interstate 605 and Alameda Street (which is near Union Station) to high-occupancy toll lanes
- Conversion of the HOV lanes on the Harbor Transitway on Interstate 110 between Harbor Gateway Transit Center and Adams Blvd in Downtown Los Angeles to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes
- Implementation of the Metro Silver Line
- Expansion of the El Monte bus station with a new 'bicycle station'
- The creation of a new transit station at Patsaouras Plaza for Union Station
- Harbor Transitway Park & Ride Upgrades
- Expansion of Metrolink Pomona Station
- More bicycle lockers at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center
- New Bus Maintenance Facility in Downtown Los Angeles
- Enhanced Bus priority at traffic signals in Downtown Los Angeles
- 100 New Metro Vanpools
- 59 new alternative fuel expansion buses and operating subsidy during a demonstration period.
- Express Park
The new "switchable" FasTrak transponder used in the Metro ExpressLanes; the driver indicates the number of occupants in the vehicle using the switch, which the toll system detects and automatically computes the toll (or lack of a toll) for.
- "Metro ExpressLanes". Metro MTA.
- Official website
- Los Angeles County Congestion Reduction Demonstration National Evaluation Plan — (U.S. Department of Transportation)