|Avoid this violation notice! Don't forget to mount a valid FasTrak to your car and pre-register your license plate to your California toll agency; otherwise you may see a toll evasion notice like this one in the mail.|
Those of you who have been following our campaigns know that we have been putting together a long-range solution to improve traffic flow along the 91 Freeway corridor and improving transit options. That includes high occupancy toll lane infrastructure that includes free non-transponder 3+ carpooling for the 91 Express Lanes. In order for our local agencies to afford such a policy change, the bond debt for the entire corridor must be paid off and the CHP would need to be tasked to conduct the carpool and toll payment enforcement. In addition, state law would need to support the changes as well. Because state and federal gas tax receipts are at records levels and the fact that the 91 is one of the most used transportation systems in the country, state and federal officials should have what it takes to pay off the entire debt immediately. But where has all those tax receipts gone?
In the mean time, we have the 91 Express Lanes. It currently requires all users including 3+ HOV's to have a FasTrak transponder. 50% off tolls are charged during the afternoon rush hour from 4-6pm. The HOT lanes are free to 3+ HOV's at all other times. According to OCTA, Express Lanes motorists save at least 20 minutes each way during rush hour. The 91 Express Lanes serves as robust facility for 3+ HOV's and those willing to toll their way out of traffic congestion. We often use it for field studies which help form our campaigns to improve the HOT lane corridor in the long range.
|Example 91 Express Lanes toll evasion violation notice|
In addition, do make sure that your vehicle's license plate number is registered with the 91 Express Lanes or the toll agency that issued your transponder.
Here's some tips of how you can avoid being a toll violator as a FasTrak motorist:
- If you plan on using the 91 Express Lanes, mount the FasTrak as instructed by the agency. All vehicles must have one. The same rule applies for I-110 and I-10 Metro ExpressLanes. For the HOT Lanes in the Bay Area (excluding the toll bridges) and the I-15 Express Lanes in San Diego County, only solo drivers need the toll transponder; HOV's from there don't as they can get on for free and go.
- Make sure to register your vehicle's license plate number. There will be unlikely events that the overhead toll antennas won't read it. The license plate will help OCTA identify the proper account to deduct the tolls or identify the registered 3+ HOV. That is known as Pay-by-Plate. The rule is in place to avoid the issuance of toll violation notices to holders of valid accounts.
That lead us to conclude that OCTA was up to something suspicious which includes deliberately shutting off the toll antennas in a way to drive up toll violation notice but the thesis turned out to be faux. So, we must correct the record, so here it is:
Media Relations staff from OCTA inquired, told us, and confirmed with us that the agency does not deliberately shut off its toll antennas to enforce plate pre-registration.
Whenever we get factual data, we will confirm the full context of it. We want to make it very clear that is never our intention to mislead our readers. When such a rare occurrence does like this story about the 91 Express Lanes, we will correct the record and make it clear on this blog and will make sure the correction is broadcasted clearly. That's why we need you to participate in the debate and engage in the conversation!
We'll talk to you again tomorrow.