Starting Feb. 23, Alhambra's carpool lanes on the 10 Freeway will turn into toll lanes. At Monday's City Council meeting, a representiative from Metro explained how the nine miles of carpool lanes on both directions of the 10 freeway up to the 605 will be converted to "ExpressLanes" in an effort to ease traffic, especially during rush hour.
In order to use ExpressLanes, every car must have a transponder that will communicate to sensors along the freeway how many passengers are inside. The transponder is preloaded with a balance and will get charged every time a vehicle merges into the lane. Prices are adjusted depending on the amount of traffic in the toll lane and the number of passengers in the vehicle, but can be up to $1.40 a mile at the peak of rush hour, with the promise that ExpressLanes traffic will be at least 45 mph.
Transponders can be purchased at AAA, Costco, and Albertsons. Discounted transponders are also available at Metro walk-in centers in El Monte and Gardena. Visit the ExpressLanes website for more information.
Council also approved a proposed increase of funding assistance to first-time home buyers in Alhambra, which will reallocate $300,000 to the Homebuyer Program to help qualified buyers with their down payment. Entitlement programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, such as the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) also received $500,000 and $40,000 respectively to support affordable housing in the community.
Not able to attend the meeting? You can watch it in its entirety here.
City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month in the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.