Remember: Current High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the 110 will be converted to Expresslanes (toll lanes) on Saturday, November 10. Those in Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) may now use the lanes by paying a fee. Eligible carpools, vanpools and motorcyclists will be able to use the lanes toll-free although they will still need a transponder. In order to use the lanes, all vehicles must first obtain a FasTrak transponder. You can get yours at metroexpresslanes.net.
Toll fees will vary depending on congestion levels to keep traffic moving at a minimum of 45 mph. If traffic slows below that speed, signage for the lanes will change to indicate that the lanes are only available to HOVs.
An initial prepaid toll deposit of $40 per transponder is required to open a FasTrack account. Afterward, a monthly $3 maintenance fee applies, but this will be waived if you use the Expresslanes at least four times/month.
Toll fees will be automatically deducted from your account, which will vary depending on traffic levels. The more congestion, the higher the toll SOV drivers will pay. Fees will range from 25 cents to $1.40/mile. If your account runs low, an automatic charge of $40 will be applied each time your account balance falls below $10. There's some fine print--get more details on fees at Metro's Expresslanes website.
Make sure to keep a lookout for more Expresslanes coming your way! Expresslanes on the I-10 are scheduled to open in late January/early February of 2013.