OCTA Selects Firm to Implement O.C. Express Lanes

OCTA has chosen Kapsch TrafficCom USA to design, install, operate and maintain the electronic tolling and traffic management systems for the 405 Express Lanes and 91 Express Lanes in Orange County.

 “The integration of services for toll systems on the 91 and 405 Express Lanes will provide cost efficiency and ensure that drivers who choose to travel the facilities get the best level of service as they speed up their commutes through these two vital stretches of Orange County highway,” said OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson.

The initial 10-year contract includes design, development, testing, and installation of a complete electronic toll and traffic management system for both toll facilities. That will include state-of-the-art lasers, transponder antennas and cameras to monitor and enforce tolls in the express lanes.

The 91 Express Lanes has been in operation for 22 years. Since OCTA took it over in 2003, the 91 Express Lanes has become an international model for effective congestion management pricing.

Construction of the I-405 Improvement Project, including the 405 Express Lanes, will begin in spring of 2018 and is expected to be complete in 2023. The 405 Express Lanes will consist of two lanes in each direction in the center of I-405, between Costa Mesa and the border with Los Angeles County.

After the I-405 Improvement Project is completed, the trip from SR-73 to I-605 in the general purpose during rush hour is expected to take 29 minutes. Drivers who choose the 405 Express Lanes instead can reduce that commute to 13 minutes. To learn more about the I-405 Improvement Project, click here.

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