The project is being built in two phases beginning with the car-pool
lane connections between the 405 and the 22 at Valley View Street.
The project will complete the 10-mile-long car-pool
lane linking the Santa Monica and Ventura freeways, eventually allowing motorists to use car-pool
lanes in both directions between the San Fernando Valley and Orange County.
Construction was supposed to begin next month on the 10-mile project that will extend the northbound car-pool
lane from the Ventura Freeway to the Santa Monica Freeway.
When the $161 million, two-lane elevated connector is finished in 2012, drivers will no longer have to get out of the car-pool
lane on one freeway and weave through traffic to get back into the car-pool
lane on the other.
That vision could start becoming a reality in greater Los Angeles, if Metro's new proposal to convert several existing car-pool
lanes to HOT lanes gets implemented.
Under the plan, solo drivers could use the car-pool
lanes if they pay a toll.
That's because, under federal pressure to speed up sluggish car-pool
lanes, California transit officials said Tuesday that they will seek to crack down on motorists who use the lanes illegally and boost the fines for violators.
Easing restrictions on car-pool
lanes began as a pilot program a few months ago on the 22 Freeway, and Orange County transit officials want to broaden the plan to include the 405, 57 and 91 freeways.
A 10-mile, $950 million northbound car-pool
lane is slated for the San Diego (405) Freeway between the Santa Monica (10) and Ventura (101) freeways, with construction to start by spring.
In an ultimate irony, car-pool
lanes created to speed traffic along have become so clogged that the federal government has stepped in and told the state to get the lanes moving again.
That yellow keyhole-like car-pool
sticker plastered on the bumper of your Toyota Prius may be worth a lot more than you think.
Has anyone ever seen more local, state and federal politicians all united behind one cause than over the funding for a car-pool
lane on the 405 Freeway?