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Los Angeles toll lanes slow traffic on rest of freeway

The Associated Press


LOS ANGELES — New toll lanes on a Los Angeles freeway were supposed to speed up traffic but they've put the brakes on commuters who can't or won't pay to use them.

The 11-mile stretch of toll lanes on Interstate 110 opened last November south of downtown. Motorists can pay up to $15.40 in tolls at peak congestion hours or lurch along in the other lanes for free.

The Los Angeles Times ( says the toll lanes — which were converted from carpool lanes — have become swifter. However, average travel speeds in free lanes have dropped by as much as 8 mph when roads are packed.

Los Angeles County transportation officials say one reason the non-toll lanes are slowing down is because solo drivers are no longer darting into carpool lanes illegally.

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