Toll lanes for the 405 in Los Angeles County? Officials studying idea to relieve congestion

In recent years, the 405 freeway has become a wall-to-wall, bumper-to-bumper, soul-crushing parade of brake lights.

Now, transportation experts say getting traffic there to move faster require toll lanes.

“We’d add two toll lanes in each direction to increase capacity on the corridor and hopefully relieve congestion,” said Mark Linsenmayer, deputy executive officer of congestion reduction for LA Metro.

He says Metro is considering High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to replace the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, much like the current system on the 110 and 10 freeways.

“I think a lot of people are used to the road being free, and so… some people are definitely going to oppose it,” said Professor Michael Manville of the UCLA Institute of Traffic Studies.