ROSEMEAD, Calif. (KTLA) — New toll lanes are expected to open this weekend along part of the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley.
The new FasTrak express lanes open up at midnight on Friday along a 14-mile stretch between the San Gabriel Valley and downtown Los Angeles.
The existing carpool lanes have been converted to what are called high occupancy toll lanes.
If you’re in a carpool, you can still use the lanes for free, but you do need a transponder.
If you’re a solo driver, you have to pay a toll to use the special lanes, ranging from 25 cents per mile to $1.40 per mile, depending on traffic.
There will be a higher toll during heavy commute times, but Metro guarantees that you will travel at speeds of 45 mph or greater.
Some people think the toll lanes are worth it to get around gridlock.
But some critics call the toll lanes “Lexus lanes,” arguing that only the wealthier drivers are going to be able to afford to use them.
Whether you like them or not, toll lanes are spreading around Los Angeles County freeways.
They have been on the 110 Harbor Freeway since November, and now there’s a new plan to put them on the 5 Freeway as well.
The toll lanes would run between Castaic and the San Fernando Valley. They could be up and running within five or six years.
Metro is holding some meetings in the Santa Clarita Valley next week to see what the public thinks about the idea.