Suddenly, Toll Roads Don't Look So Bad

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose adding special toll lanes -- some exclusively for trucks -- to the state's most congested freeways and easing environmental reviews to speed construction.
January 6, 2006, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Among consideration are projects that call for building a dedicated truck lane on the Long Beach Freeway, leading to the busy ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and adding a toll lane for all vehicles on Interstate 680 in the Bay Area, where rates would vary depending on the time of day and degree of congestion. But local officials would make the final decisions if the plans were approved by the Legislature.

"Everything goes on the table," Perata said. "Toll roads. You name it … things that have been anathema to Democrats in the past; it is a new day."

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Published on Thursday, January 5, 2006 in The Los Angeles Times
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