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The 10, the 210 and possibly the 110 won’t be free for long if Mayor Villaraigosa and the MTA have their way. You’ll have to pay fees to use car-pool lanes during rush hour with the hope of keeping speeds up to 45 miles an hour. Is it a great way to avoid gridlock and lower pollution—or a public gift of freedom to travel for those who can afford it while the middle class and the poor watch the traffic go by?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Congestion Pricing: Is it Time to Charge LA Drivers for the Right to Be on the Road? 24 MIN, 55 SEC

New York's Mayor Bloomberg wanted to institute what's called "congestion pricing," but the state legislature turned him down cold. That made money available for Los Angeles to institute a pilot program on what used to be called "freeways." The federal government will give LA County $213 million for high-capacity buses and upgrading the Metrolink in the San Gabriel Valley. In return, the MTA will conduct pilot programs on the 10, the 210 and possible the 110 freeways.

Guests:
Richard Katz, Member, Metrolink Board of Directors; Board Member, MTA
Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Daily News
Brian Taylor, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
John Vidal, Environment Editor, Guardian newspaper

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