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Public hearing set Thursday for SCV I-5 toll lanes

Posted: March 27, 2013 6:26 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:26 p.m.

A public hearing to discuss the proposal to build two new toll lanes on Interstate 5 through the Santa Clarita Valley will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The hearing at City Hall will allow residents to give feedback on the plan, which officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority say is necessary to expand the I-5 in a timely fashion and ease traffic along the freeway.

By taking advantage of a private-public partnership, through which a private company would assume the up-front costs of constructing the lanes, Metro officials estimate the lanes could be finished by 2019.

Metro would then charge per-mile tolls to use the new lanes, along with funds from Measure R and Proposition C, to pay the company back.

A person driving in a car alone would be subject to the per-mile toll at all times and any car with fewer than three people would have to pay the toll during peak travel hours, according to Metro.

Tolls would also vary depending on the time of day and lane congestion. Toll lanes would be more expensive to use during rush hour than at a non-peak time.

In return, drivers would have a guarantee that traffic in the toll lanes will not drop below 45 mph, according to Metro officials.




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