Metro Pushing HOT Lanes at Public Meetings

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While Metro’s sales tax proposal has been dominating the news, the agency has also been pursuing adding managed toll lanes, also known as HOT Lanes, to the I-10 and I-110.  You may remember that Metro received a $213 million grant from the FHWA to construct HOT Lanes on two LA County freeways and buy new buses two facilitate better transit along the effected corridors.

Metro’s proposal proved so unpopular with politicians in the San Gabriel Valley that the original plan, to change HOV Lanes to HOT Lanes on the I-10 and I-210, was changed to the current plan.  It will be interesting to see how these pols respond if congestion pricing proves to be a rousing success on the I-10 and I-110.

Meanwhile, Metro is making their pitch directly to effected communities in four public meetings beginning this Saturday in El Monte.  The full announcement, and listings for all four public meetings, can be found after the jump.

You are invited to attend a Metro and Caltrans workshop about
proposed Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project in the I-10 and
I-110 corridors.

The Project involves a demonstration of
FastLanes, an innovative way to make traveling the 10 and the 110
faster and more reliable. These High Occupancy Vehicle lanes would use
a congestion pricing system to offer single occupancy vehicle drivers,
carpoolers, vanpoolers and transit riders more choices to help improve
their trips through the area.

The purpose of these meetings
is to give you an opportunity to participate in identifying options
that would make your travel time and mode more efficient and suitable
to your mobility requirements. We hope you will join us and share your
ideas as we explore opportunities to improve your mobility and reduce
congestion.

I-10 Corridor
Monday, August 18 (6–8pm)
El Monte Community Center
3130 North Tyler Ave
El Monte, CA 91731
Served by Metro Line 287 and the El Monte Trolley (Yellow Line)

Saturday, August 23 (10am–noon)
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
318 S. Ramona Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Served by Metro Lines 70, 260, 762 & 770, Montebello Line 30, and Monterey Park Spirit Lines 1, 2, 3 & 4

I-110 Corridor
Saturday, August 16 (9–11am)
Carson Civic Center (Carson Community Center)
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
Served
by Metro Lines 446 & 447 and Torrance Transit Line 3 – location is
a short walk from bus stops at Avalon & Carson

Wednesday, August 20 (6–8pm)
Constituent Service Center (Parks District Office)
8475 S. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Served
by Metro Lines 115, 204, 442, 715 & 754 and DASH Vermont-Main –
location is a short walk from bus stops at Vermont & Manchester

Photo: Metro