If you're implying that the Leaf will automatically get you free access to LA Metro's HOV lanes, you're incorrect. Metro does not give any discounts to EV drivers; the only way to use the I-110 and I-10 preferential lanes for free is to have the minimum number of people in the car, which is usually 2, but sometimes 3. You still have to have a Fastrak transponder as well, and although any Fastrak transponder will be recognized (even those from the Bay Area), if you want to get the HOV discount you have to use Metro's own Fastrak which has a switch to indicate how many people are in the car (solo, 2, 3+).
For the 91 Express Lanes, you can get a special transponder for EVs that let you drive for free, except M-F 4-6 PM in the eastbound direction in which you get a 50% discount. But on the rest of Orange County's toll roads, EVs don't get any special breaks on the tolls.
Even the Bay Area bridges don't let EV's travel for free, even if every seat is occupied..
Too bad. Who would have thougt the award of an HOV sticker to get access to HOV lanes, does not! I guess I should count my blessing here in San Diego. Our Fastrak I 15 lane flies most days (actually too fast for me, trying to go 65). I have seen so many posts of people buying the car for the HOV sticker. It shows you should do your homework. Thanks for the clarification. Bob[/quote]
Yup, you have to do your homework. Otherwise at best it will be money wasted, at worst you can get a really expensive ticket.
It gets confusing because except for the 91 Express Lanes, which were purpose built, the lanes being converted to preferential were formerly HOV-only lanes. So one day an EV can drive on them solo, the next day you need a Fastrak. Just as confusing is how the different systems handle true HOV discounts; for the 91 Express, there is a special lane at the toll plaza for you to enter, but for Metro, you have to use their special Fastrak with a switch that indicates solo, 2, or 3+ in the car. But that white or green sticker doesn't give you free access to those lanes.
Even more confusing is that you can pay to drive solo on 91 Express or I-110, but I-10 still has signs posted saying you have to be HOV-2 (or 3 depending on the time) to be in those lanes even though the overhead signs show differences in pricing between solo and HOV
Hard to believe you guys are still basically driving the same freeway system that existed when the Beatles were playing at the Hollywood Bowl
..... But now we build a bullet train to Bakersfield.
..... Guess I shouldn't laugh, it's paid for with my tax dollars, and it doesn't even stop in San Diego.