Grace Period Almost Up for Drivers Using Toll Lanes Without Transponder

Since the new toll lanes on the Harbor (110) Freeway opened earlier this month, more than 12,000 drivers have zoomed through without the necessary equipment.

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    Since the new toll lanes opened on the 110 freeway, more than 12,000 drivers have received warning citations for using toll lanes without a transponder. That's slightly more than $18,000 in outstanding fees since the program began nearly three weeks ago. Michelle Valles reports from Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012.

    Metro has sent out more than 12,000 citation warnings to drivers who have violated the toll express lanes Harbor (110) Freeway, which were implemented earlier this month to allow solo drivers access to carpool lanes -- for a price.

    That's just over $18,000 in in fees to motorists caught on camera without the required FasTrak transponders, according to a blog post on LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website, as reported by the Orange County Register.

    For now, offenders are only being asked to pay enough to cover their tolls, the Orange County Register reports, and aren't yet being hit with fines for driving in the new fast lanes, according to Yaroslavsky's site.

    Drivers Can Soon Buy Their Way Out of 110 Traffic

    [LA] Drivers Can Soon Buy Their Way Out of 110 Traffic
    The 110 Freeway in Los Angeles is set to open the county's first toll lane on Saturday. The lane will stretch 11 miles from Downtown LA to Torrance. To use it, drivers will pay 25 cents to $1.40 per mile, depending on how heavy traffic is. Angie Crouch reports from Exposition Park for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2012.

    But the grace period ends Dec. 10.

    Every motorist who drives in the lanes is required to have a FasTrak transponder, even if they have enough people in the car for a carpool.

    ExpressLanes "About Easing the Flow of Traffic"

    [LA] ExpressLanes "About Easing the Flow of Traffic"
    ExpressLanes set to open Saturday on the 110 are a hybrid carpool-toll lane project from Metro. "It's about easing the flow of traffic," county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. Annette Arreola reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

    "The message signs have been out there for a good six to seven months, prior to opening," said Metro's Rick Jager. "It's a learning curve for LA County. LA County has never had toll lanes."

    Inside the express lanes command center, violators are showing up non-stop on the monitors. On the first day of the program, 75 percent of drivers violated the toll. That number is dropping daily.

    "We're seeing about 67 percent of people who have transponders," said Vinit Deshpande, of LA Metro ExpressLanes.

    Still, that means nearly a third are continuing to break the new law.

    Jager believes the main confusion still present among drivers is that while carpooling motorists are not charged a toll, they still have to open an account and use a transponder.

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