With Metro releasing its preliminary findings on the I-110 HOT lanes, the Los Angeles Times gets in on the action. Notably, tolls have reached as high as $15.40 per trip (though the article does not make it clear whether this is for the entire length of the HOT lanes). As expected, travel times on the free lanes increased, while those on the HOT lanes decreased. Metro attributes this to the removal of illegal solo drivers from the formerly free carpool lanes. Seeing that vehicle numbers on the HOT lanes are slowly recovering, however, Metro and Caltrans hope that traffic volumes will even out as the one-year pilot project continues. Readers responded with grumblings on how their travels have been hampered on account of the HOT lanes.
Elsewhere, Silver Lake State Assemblymember Mike Gatto expanded the scope of a bill to allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes during off-peak times. Instead of applying the proposed law only on the 134 Freeway as originally proposed, the amended bill now includes other freeways with their own carpool lanes. Down south, the operator of the Orange County toll roads received a report criticizing the less-than-effective methods to stem the financial problems of the agency.