A FasTrak transponder is mandatory to use the new I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes in Los Angeles. Furthermore, a switchable transponder is needed to get the discount for qualifying carpools.
While you can use your Transportation Corridor Agencies-issued standard FasTrak transponder on the new I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes, you will be charged the full toll whether or not you are a qualifying carpool. If you are a driver on The Toll Roads and also plan to drive on the I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes frequently, switchable transponders are available upon request from TCA.
These transponders have a switch that can be set to indicate that there are one, two or three or more occupants in the vehicle. Prior to starting a trip, it is the driver's responsibility to indicate the number of occupants in the vehicle by moving the transponder's switch to the appropriate setting (1, 2, 3+).
On the I-110 ExpressLanes, carpools with two or more people, vanpools and motorcycles travel toll-free. On the I-10 ExpressLanes, carpools with three or more people, vanpools and motorcycles travel toll-free. Solo drivers can choose to use the I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes for a toll. All vehicles, regardless of the number of occupants, must have a FasTrak transponder mounted to the windshield per state law in order to drive in the ExpressLanes.
Vehicles using the I-10 and I-110 ExpressLanes without a switchable transponder will be charged a nonrefundable toll regardless of the number of occupants in the vehicle. Similarly, all vehicles - no matter the number of occupants or option selected on the switchable transponder - will be charged a toll on The Toll Roads, which do not offer reduced tolls for double or high occupancy vehicles.
LA Metro, the operator of the ExpressLanes, also issues switchable transponders.'Metro ExpressLanes is a pilot, one-year demonstration program to improve traffic flow and provide enhanced travel options by converting High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.
Click here to visit the Metro ExpressLanes website to learn more.