Carpool Lanes in Los Angeles Turned into Toll Roads: State Takes Federal Cash and Fleeces Motorists

‘In the latest scheme to separate residents from their hard-earned dollars, High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) lanes are now being converted to High-Occupancy-Toll (HOT) lanes in Southern California.

Two freeways in Los Angeles County are about to begin charging motorists toll fees if they want to use the carpool lane. Despite being originally portrayed as including more than one person in the vehicle, carpoolers now must have a minimum of three people to qualify for “free” travel in the carpool lanes during peak commuting hours. Additionally, regardless of the amount of people in the vehicle, all autos travelling in the toll lanes must have an RFID transponder device installed in their car starting in October 2012.’

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