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Should the 405 have toll lanes?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Light traffic flows on the Interstate 405 after it re-opened ahead of schedule following the10 mile shutdown of the nation's busiest freeway for bridge work the Mulholland bridge on July 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles city officials advised residents to stay home or stay away from the area over the weekend fearing massive traffic jams of what has become known as ''Carmageddon.'' which never materialized. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Light traffic flows on the 405 freeway.

CalTrans is moving forward with place to put toll lanes on a heavily utilized section of the freeway in Orange County.

CalTrans is moving forward with a plan to put toll lanes on a heavily utilized section of the freeway in Orange County. The Orange County Transportation Authority opted not to support the lanes, instead arguing for one additional free lane in either direction. Nearby cities were also opposed, saying that the “Lexus lanes” will negatively impact commuters.

State transportation officials overrode the OCTA decision, saying that with 400,000 people using the 405 corridor, the decision to put in high-occupancy toll lanes would offer a consistent option for faster travel while generating money. The project will cost an estimated $1.7 billion, with the bulk of funding coming from the county’s half-cent sales tax.

Is it fair to put toll roads on the 405? How should these roads be funded, if at all?

Guests:

Ryan Chamberlain, Director of District 12 for CalTrans, which includes Orange County

Gary Miller, Board Director of the Orange County Transportation Authority, Former Mayor of Seal Beach

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