Do California’s Freeways have a Future?
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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?
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.
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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