High Occupancy Toll Lanes Program (HOT Lanes) Pursuant to AB 1467 of 2006
AB 1467 (Nunez, Chapter 32, Statutes of 2006) authorized regional transportation agencies, in cooperation with Caltrans, to apply to the Commission, until January 1, 2012, to develop and operate High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Under AB 1467 the Commission found three HOT lanes projects to be eligible:
- The Riverside County Interstate 15 Express Lanes Project, submitted by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC);
- The Los Angeles Regional ExpressLanes Project, submitted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro); and
- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Bay Area Express Lanes.
Toll Facilities Program Pursuant to AB 194 of 2015
Following the successful implementation of AB 1467, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law AB 194 (Frazier, Chapter 687, statutes of 2015), delegating to the Commission the responsibility to approve the tolling of an unlimited number of transportation facilities in California. AB 194 authorizes regional transportation agencies or Caltrans to apply to the Commission to develop and operate high-occupancy toll lanes or other toll facilities, including the administration and operation of a value pricing program and exclusive or preferential lane facilities for public transit or freight.
With this new authority, the Legislature has created the opportunity for regional transportation agencies and the state to consider in their long-term plans alternative means to finance critical transportation infrastructure improvements, including the addition of toll lanes, without having to weigh the political feasibility of achieving the statutory authority to toll new facilities. This significant policy shift should have profound impacts on the regions and the state as they struggle to find the necessary revenues to address transportation challenges.
- Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) - Interstate 405 Improvement Project
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