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Metro will hold a series of public hearings in March and April to gather public input on the Metro ExpressLanes program designed to alleviate congestion and provide new and better travel options on two of LA County's busiest freeways.

Metro, in partnership with Caltrans, embarked on a one-year demonstration program that converted 11 miles of HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes on the I-110 (Harbor Freeway Transitway) between the 91 Freeway and Adams Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles and 14 miles on the I-10 San Bernardino Freeway between Union Station/Alameda Street and the I-605 Freeway to HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes that allow solo drivers to use the lanes for a toll. Carpools, vanpools, and motorcycles travel toll free. All users of the ExpressLanes, except for motorcycles, need a FasTrak® transponder to travel in the ExpressLanes.

The ExpressLanes on the I-110 Freeway opened to the public on Nov. 10, 2012 and the ExpressLanes on the I-10 Freeway opened to the public on Feb. 23, 2013. Since the program began, more than 250,000 transponders have been issued to motorists.

Metro encourages the public to attend one of the following public hearings. Content presented at each of the meetings will be identical. Free parking is available on site at each location.

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10 am - 12 pm, Gardena City Hall Council Chambers, 1700 W. 162nd Street, Gardena (served by Gardena Bus Lines 1x, 2 and 3)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6 pm - 8pm, El Monte Community Center, 3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte (served by Metro Bus Line 176 and Foothill Transit Line 486)

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6 pm - 8 pm, Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance (served by Torrance Transit Lines 1, 2 and 6)

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6pm - 8pm, Los Angeles Union Station, Fred Harvey Room, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles (served by Metro Red, Purple, and Gold Lines, Amtrak, Metrolink, Metro bus lines 40,68,70,71,76,78,79,485,487,733,745,Metro Silver Line, Santa Monica Rapid 10 and Foothill Transit Silver Streak)

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 pm - 8pm, Inglewood City Hall, Community Room, 1 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood (served by Metro Bus Lines 40, 111, 115, 212, 215 and 740)

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10 am - 12pm, West Covina Civic Center, 1444 West Garvey Avenue, West Covina (served by Foothill Transit Lines 178, 185, 272, 281 and Silver Streak)

Monday, April 7 - 18-20 - Ahmanson Senior Center
3990 Bill Robertson Ln
Los Angeles

Those unable to attend any of the ExpressLanes public hearings can submit written comments by April 7, 2014 to: Metro, Congestion Reduction Demonstration, One Gateway Plaza - MS 99-25-1, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or e-mail to: expresslanes@metro.net, please enter "It's About Time" in the subject line.

All meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings. Mandarin translation will be provided at the meetings in El Monte, Los Angeles, and West Covina. Other ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling Kim Le at 323.669.7651 at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information on the Metro ExpressLanes program, visit metro.net/expresslanes.

Stay informed by following us on The Source and El Pasajero, at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts, and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

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