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The June 2012 Caltrans Museum display features the Metro ExpressLanes Project and LADOT's LA Express Park.

The Caltrans Museum: Stop, Look and Learn
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 06/2012

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Caltrans District 7 Museum is featuring an exhibit about the Los Angeles County Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program, showcasing the Metro ExpressLanes and LA Express Park, from June 4, 2012 through June 29, 2012.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in partnership with Caltrans, is embarking on a one-year demonstration program that will convert into High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes 11 miles of existing carpool lanes on the Harbor Freeway (I-110) and 14 miles on the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10).

“Caltrans is very enthusiastic about this demonstration project, which will test the concept of congestion pricing in Los Angeles County,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles. “The museum display will help visitors understand how the lanes will operate, as well as explain their benefits.”

The program, funded under a $210 million federal grant, seeks to reduce congestion by improving travel choices along the two corridors. Solo drivers, currently not allowed to use the carpool lanes, will be allowed to use the lanes for a toll. Carpools, transit, vanpools, and motorcycles will travel toll free. The general purpose lanes are not tolled.

COMING ATTRACTION: Starting July 12, the space will become an art museum as it highlights an original installation by French filmmaker and artist Simon Rouby entitled the “Yellow Line Project,” a visual reflection on the function and meaning of road striping and it’s by-products.

Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except State holidays.



(Center of photo) Metro Executive Officer Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program Stephanie Wiggins (L) is interviewed by a reporter
about the ExpressLanes Project. (Photo credit: Gayle Anderson, Metro).
 Stephanie Wiggins, Metro Executive Officer, Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program, holds a transponder that drivers must obtain before entering the new lanes. (Photo credit: Gayle Anderson, Metro).