Orange County's 91 Express Lanes: A Transportation and Financial Success, Despite Political Problems

This policy brief discusses California's first experiment with public-private partnerships, on a long term basis. Four new express toll lanes were added to SR 91 in California by a private consortium. The consortium project was awarded by Caltrans and it operated under a 35 year franchise. The express lanes project was unique in that (1) it was the first toll road ever to not use toll booths - it used electronic toll collection instead; (2) it enabled 40 lane miles of new highway construction that did not cost the taxpayers one cent; (3) it was the first toll road to manage traffic flow through value pricing, thus guaranteeing that there would not be any traffic congestion at rush hour; (4) it was the first toll road to be privately financed in the 20th century.

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    Reason Foundation

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  • Authors:
    • Poole Jr, Robert W
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01042435
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Policy Brief 39
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 2007 5:55PM