LA Metro Votes to Study Putting Tolls on More HOV Lanes

Los Angeles Times reports, “In an effort to improve sluggish speeds on the region’s freeways, Los Angeles County transportation officials have agreed to examine whether to impose tolls on more carpool lanes and a higher passenger requirement for such lanes. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted . . . to ask for a study of those options, as well as recommendations for cracking down on carpool lane cheaters.” The article notes that 2015 Caltrans data show that two-thirds of California’s HOV lanes did not meet the federal minimum average operating speed standard.