Toll lanes in LA to cost 25 cents to $1.40 a mile

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Life in the fast lane through the heart of Los Angeles is going to get expensive when carpool lanes on 25 miles of Interstate 10 and state Highway 110 are converted to toll lanes.

City officials and Metropolitan Transportation Authority members plan a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday in a Gardena parking lot adjacent to the 110 where the toll lanes will start.

Solo drivers can use the lane and depending on traffic, it will cost between 25 cents and $1.40 per mile. Carpools will still be allowed for free but during peak hours, it will take three people instead of two to make a carpool.

A $210 million federal grant will be used to install transponder readers, message signs and infrastructure.

The project should be finished by early 2013.