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Should the 405 have toll lanes?

Light traffic flows on the 405 freeway.
Light traffic flows on the 405 freeway.
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CalTrans is moving forward with a plan to put toll lanes on a heavily utilized section of the freeway in Orange County. The Orange County Transportation Authority opted not to support the lanes, instead arguing for one additional free lane in either direction. Nearby cities were also opposed, saying that the “Lexus lanes” will negatively impact commuters.

State transportation officials overrode the OCTA decision, saying that with 400,000 people using the 405 corridor, the decision to put in high-occupancy toll lanes would offer a consistent option for faster travel while generating money. The project will cost an estimated $1.7 billion, with the bulk of funding coming from the county’s half-cent sales tax.

Is it fair to put toll roads on the 405? How should these roads be funded, if at all?


Ryan Chamberlain, Director of District 12 for CalTrans, which includes Orange County

Gary Miller, Board Director of the Orange County Transportation Authority, Former Mayor of Seal Beach

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