Los Angeles Metro to consider creating toll lanes in Sepulveda Pass

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One of Los Angeles’ busiest traffic arteries could soon have toll lanes, according to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority documents revealed ahead of Thursday’s board meeting.

The location of the toll lanes would be on Interstate 405 between Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 101, better known as the Sepulveda Pass. Funded by Measure M, the lanes would open to drivers prior to the 2028 Summer Olympics.

First, however, engineers must figure out whether there could be one or two ExpressLanes in each direction, before construction can begin. During the consensus study and environmental study phases, public comment will be taken with regard to the project.

Metro spokesman Steve Hymon stressed this would not be a freeway widening project.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the county spent four and a half years and more than $1.6 billion to widen the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

The Times reported that the per-mile price for existing toll lanes, which Metro has raised seven times since 2012, is now capped at $2.10. On Metro’s existing toll lanes, vehicles with multiple occupants can travel for free as long as they have a transponder.

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