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Where LA Is Exploring Congestion Pricing

Downtown L.A. in 2001. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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When it comes down to it, L.A. County’s crippling congestion stems from the basic economics of supply and demand.

That's why L.A. Metro is exploring congestion pricing. The agency launched its study 2019 and is now exploring four concepts to implement congestion pricing in specific high-traffic corridors or geographical areas.

  1. Santa Monica Mountains Corridor - This would include freeways and other roadways that pass through the Santa Monica Mountains from the 405 Freeway to the 5 Freeway. That includes the dreaded Sepulveda Pass. A variant of this concept would narrow the corridor to the 101 and 5 freeways.
  2. Downtown L.A. Freeways Corridor - This would mean congestion pricing on the 110, 10 and 101 freeways that converge in downtown L.A.
  3. Downtown L.A. Cordon - This option is based on the center of downtown L.A. as a geographical area, not the roadways. Drivers would be charged for crossing a specific boundary.
  4. 10 Freeway Corridor - This would implement congestion pricing for the 10 Freeway and other arterial roadways between Santa Monica and downtown L.A.


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