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Bad traffic in L.A.'s toll lanes? Blame the 25% of drivers who don't pay to use them, officials say

Bad traffic in L.A.'s toll lanes? Blame the 25% of drivers who don't pay to use them, officials say

For nearly five years, the 110 Freeway’s carpool lanes have been open to solo drivers who want to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic.

But that privilege comes at a price. Driving the 11-mile toll route from the 105 Freeway to downtown Los Angeles can cost $20 or more during the most congested periods of morning rush hour — for the drivers who actually pay, that is.

On any given morning, more than 25% of drivers in the toll lanes have evaded the single-driver toll, a problem that has become the top issue for Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s traffic officials. The high scofflaw rate has harmed the efficiency of the lanes, driving up prices and slowing down speeds for the...

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