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How Much Does L.A.'s Fast Lane Cost?: $1.40 a Mile

Los Angeles commuters looking for a faster drive during rush hour will have the option of using toll lanes late next year. But they'll have to pay between 25 cents to $1.40 per mile.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles commuters looking for a faster drive during rush hour will have the option of using toll lanes late next year. But they'll have to pay between 25 cents to $1.40 per mile.P dir=ltr>Members of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved the rates on Thursday for portions of Interstate 10 and state Highway 110.P dir=ltr>The MTA and the California Department of Transportation will convert existing carpool lanes on those two freeways to toll lanes.P dir=ltr>Carpoolers won't be charged. Solo drivers will be allowed to use the lanes if they pay a toll. The rates will vary depending on traffic levels. When congestion is heavy, the rate will be higher; when demand is low, they'll pay less.P dir=ltr>The MTA says the lanes will open December 2010./FONT>/>