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The 110 Harbor Freeway Gets a HOT Makeover

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The 110 Harbor Freeway will be expanding as it receives new High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to remedy smog and gridlock. The expansion is part of a project called Metro ExpressLanes which is partnered through Caltrans, Metro and other organizations whose efforts will culminate on Saturday, November 10 at approximately 12:01 AM, when the new lanes officially open.

The HOT lanes are open to vanpools, carpools, truckpools as well as solo motorists, however the latter must pay a toll for using the express lanes, while parties of two or more can save their change.

The method for the toll charge--congestion pricing--is kind of ingenious, as the fee is assessed based on the current level of traffic. Traffic sensors will scan the Express Lanes and increase the toll from 25 cents a mile up to $1.40 a mile as the volume of traffic increases.

"When solo drivers begin to travel on the 110 ExpressLanes, all commuters will benefit—whether they pay a toll or not—because the ExpressLanes will redistribute traffic across all lanes of the 110 freeway,” said Los Anegeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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The project will convert approximately 11 miles of freeway into what city officials say will be a more efficient, orderly stretch of road. The project also encompasses parts of I-10 San Bernardino Freeway, however I-10 HOT lanes won't open until next year.