The Region : 8-Mile Car-Pool Lane Opens on 210 Freeway

Commuters who don't drive alone can now zip past bumper-to-bumper traffic on the eastbound Foothill Freeway (210) between Duarte and Glendora, thanks to a new car-pool lane.

The eight-mile lane between Buena Vista Street in Duarte and Sunflower Avenue in Glendora opened last week.

It is the first section of a 19-mile car-pool lane project from Glendora to Pasadena that will include eastbound and westbound lanes.

A westbound car-pool lane from Glendora to Pasadena is scheduled to open in mid-December. The entire project is expected to be completed in January.

The car-pool lanes are reserved for vehicles with at least two occupants.

The project was delayed after heavy rains last year damaged the inside median planned for the car-pool lanes. The rains forced contractors to remove old asphalt and pour new concrete.

The bill for the project increased from $5.4 million to more than $10 million, according to Caltrans.

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