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What are some general facts about FasTrak in Los Angeles?

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Drivers in Los Angeles need to sign up for a FasTrak account to use the Metro ExpressLanes on the 110 and 10 freeways. After affixing a FasTrak transponder to the vehicle windshield, a driver can enter ExpressLanes at designated FasTrak entry points, and any toll is collected electronically.

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The Metro ExpressLanes in Los Angeles are toll-free to eligible carpools, vanpools and motorcycles. However, all drivers, except motorcyclists, need to display a FasTrak transponder to use the ExpressLanes. Solo drivers are charged a toll. A driver wishing to switch between solo and pool use can purchase a switchable FasTrak transponder, which he sets before each trip to indicate the number of people in his vehicle. Toll charges are based on the congestion levels at the time of the trip and the length of trip.

A driver can sign up for a FasTrak account online at MetroExpressLanes.net or by calling one of the retail locations shown on the site's interactive map. A driver purchasing a transponder at Albertsons, Costco or AAA needs to register it online before use.

MetroExpressLanes.net contains a map showing the location of the Metro ExpressLanes in Los Angeles along with entry and exit points. Drivers can also use their FasTrak transponders to pay tolls on roads throughout California.

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