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May 17, 2016

TRUCK LANES * USA: Are they solution?

* California - Are truck lanes part of solution to worsening congestion?

--- With goods movement from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach expected to double in the next decade, logistics industry experts are looking at ways to address an expected tsunami of freight through the region’s already congested freeways and streets... Among infrastructure improvement ideas applauded by local truckers rolling through the Inland Empire are efforts by transportation officials to widen the freeways and fix potholes and a proposal to introduce dedicated truck lanes... Local officials have been developing plans for new toll lanes, wider freeways, safer on- and off-ramps and more rail transit opportunities – some of which are under construction... Dedicated truck toll lanes have been proposed by Southern California transportation officials, but to build them, according to the SANBAG’s online post, the public cost is likely to exceed $5 billion, of which at least $1.2 billion would be for truck lanes within San Bernardino County... 
(Photos, by David Bauman - Big rigs travel up the incline on I-215 near the junction with the 60 last month. Truckers say they favor truck-only lanes, both to help other traffic move more quickly and to promote road safety)   --   Los Angeles, CAL, USA - The Press Enterprise, by Neil Nisperos - May 15, 2016

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