Los Angeles motorcycles can use Express lanes for free

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After a few months of limbo, the official position on motorcycles using the new “ExpressLanes” on I-110 and I-10 has been clarified: we can do it, free of charge and without a transponder or FasTrak account. Yay.

Motorcyclists who had purchased a transponder for that purpose recently received this email from Metro ExpressLane Customer Service:

“A recent improvement to our tolling software now enables motorcycles with a standard issue license plate to travel on the Metro ExpressLanes toll-free without a transponder or FasTrak® account, effective immediately! This is based upon the DMV issuing unique license plates for motorcycles, coupled with a software improvement that now allows us to positively identify a standard issue motorcycle plate. If you would like to close your account, please return your transponder with a note that you would like to close your account.”

The news is verified by the Orange County Register as well.

  • Case

    It would be nice if they extended this to the 73, 241, and (especially) 91 freeways. Motorcycles take up very little space, cause very little road wear, get better gas mileage than cars. On the 73 they could make up the toll money in speeding fines (assuming they they could pry it from the grip of the CHP). The 73 is a lovely ride for a freeway.

    • http://twitter.com/PracticalBatman Batman

      agreed! except the bugs in the summer. coming down the hill from the toll plaza I usually get hammered by bugs. And once, a crow – cracked my faceshield.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

    Yay!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Sweeney/501437288 Scott Sweeney

    Just one more reason riding is a necessity in LA!

  • http://www.facebook.com/OMG.Awesome Clint Keener

    Sweet! Just as I’m about to move out there.

  • MrMotoWise

    Fuck those idiots at Metro. When the 110 express lanes opened, I asked a CHP officer if I needed a transponder for my bike, he told me no. So I proceeded to use without. Fast forward several weeks, and lo and behold a number of tickets in the mail – Metro obviously did not communicate to the CHP exactly what the policy was. And of course the greedy bastards wouldn’t forgive the fines.

    Not to mention that the whole idea of the express lanes is just a money grab, and turned the 110 into a complete clusterfuck overnight. Or the fact that in all these years, the L.A. bus system has remained astonishingly poor and inefficient.

    If L.A. Metro was a single person I would kick it in the balls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adeyemi.bennett Adeyemi Bennett

    Ohhh that’s what those blue flashes were on the 110 LOL. I was constantly giving it the single-finger salute as I rode under it waiting for the flash.

  • Neon Mullet

    Same deal with the 495 express lanes in northern Virginia, no transponder required.