In an attempt to ease congestion in Los Angeles, city officials announced on Wednesday the deployment of an electronic toll system that allows single passenger vehicles to shift into high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
TheLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will convert portions of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 from HOV lanes to tolled "ExpressLanes" under a program managed by fare firm ACS, a Xerox company.
The move will allow people driving alone to travel in existing car pool lanes, for a toll. Interestingly, tolls will vary based on the average speed of traffic traveling in the ExpressLanes.
General purpose lanes on the roads will remain free for all vehicles.
The traditional alternative to LA's congestion would have been adding new lanes, an expensive undertaking. Rolling out the toll system is a way to more efficiently use existing infrastructure, officials say.
A few points about the system:
Construction for the project is scheduled to begin by the middle of this year. The lanes are scheduled to open to traffic in late 2012.
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