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91 Express Lanes Remains A Reliable, Convenient Travel Option

Despite the many challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 91 Express Lanes continues to provide a reliable and convenient option to speed travel times for drivers traveling through the 91 Corridor.

Since 2003, OCTA has owned and operated the original 91 Express Lanes, a 10-mile toll facility that stretches between SR-55 in Anaheim and the border with Riverside County. In 2017, the 91 Express Lanes was extended eight additional miles into Riverside County and that portion is managed by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC).

In April, following a statewide stay-at-home order, traffic volumes on the Express Lanes dropped 80 percent compared to average levels reached in 2019. In the following months, traffic volumes grew steadily and peaked in October.

Due to additional stay-at-home orders in December, traffic volumes and toll revenues declined again and decreased 25 percent from the previous year. Overall, traffic volumes in 2020 totaled 13 million, a 27 percent decrease over 2019.

Thanks to conservative investments, the 91 Express Lanes maintains its strong financial position and continues to advance transportation improvements for all those who use the 91 Corridor.