If you’re one of the bazillion LA commuters who take the 405 to and from the Valley every day, you’ve noticed the perpetual construction is finally beginning to pay off. Of course, the 101/405 interchange has been widened and improved, and now the carpool lane is being expanded. The eventual plan is to have a carpool lane that runs from the 118 all the way to to the 90. Last weekend I noticed that the carpool lane is already stretching down to Santa Monica Boulevard, and I had a moment of warm feelings toward Caltrans and their attempts to make driving in this town marginally less hellish. Then I read this and it becomes clear that the 405 widening is part of a larger MTA plan to turn our freeways into “payways.” I knew it was too good to be true.
And to all you folks preparing a holier-than-thou “just take the bus/subway/bike” comment, save it, okay? I didn’t even own a car until I was 35, my lifetime carbon footprint makes you look like Sasquatch.
(Photo courtesy of Clownfish, used under creative commons.)