California Department of Transportation

State Route 91 (91 Express Lanes)

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State Route 91 (91 Express Lanes) Orange County

This $130 million privately financed, fully automated facility is a 10-mile, four-lane toll project located within the median of an existing eight-lane freeway between State Route 55 in Orange County and the Riverside County line. This project connects rapidly growing residential areas in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with major employment centers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The facility was opened to traffic on December 27, 1995 and is America's first toll road to employ variable congestion pricing. To maintain free-flow conditions, tolls vary during the day with traffic volumes, direction and other factors. The facility is also the world's first fully automated toll road utilizing electronic transponders to collect tolls.

This award winning project was developed in partnership with Caltrans by California Private Transportation Company (CPTC), an entity formed by subsidiaries of Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Compagnie Financiere et Industrielle des Autoroutes (Cofiroute), a French toll road company, and Granite Construction Inc. Prior to opening the project to traffic, CPTC formally transferred ownership of the facility to the State of California. Caltrans then leased the improvements back to CPTC for a 35-year operating period. The new lanes have been officially designated a part of the California State Highway System and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is responsible for providing police services at CPTC's expense. Maintenance and operational costs for the facility are also the responsibility of CPTC. In addition to the initial $130 million capital cost savings to the State by private development and construction of the project, it is estimated that the State will also save $120 million in CHP, operations and maintenance expenses over the 35-year franchise period.

The facilities original debt financing was provided by a group of commercial banks and institutional lenders including Citicorp USA, Banque National de Paris, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank and CIGNA Investments.

In April, 2002, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) reached an agreement in concept to purchase the private toll road project for $207.5 M. In September 2002, AB 1010, Chapter 688 (2002) allowed OCTA to purchase the Toll Road from CPTC. OCTA took possession of the Toll Road on January 3, 2003.

Contact information:

91 Express Lanes - Customer Service Center

2275 Sampson Avenue, Suite 100
Corona, CA 92879

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

951-278-9191 (telephone)
800-600-9191 (toll-free)
951-280-9191 (automated customer service line)
951-278-9176 (fax) (e-mail) (website)

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